NEW DELHI: Delhi recorded the hottest day of the season as the maximum temperature rose to 34.1 degrees Celsius, five degrees above normal, on Sunday at Safdarjung, which is the city’s base station. Prior to this, the highest maximum temperature recorded this season was 33.6 degrees Celsius on February 20.Though there is a possibility of very light rain or drizzle on Tuesday, the maximum temperature is expected to rise further to 35 degrees on Wednesday at Safdarjung.Data from the India Meteorological Department (IMD) shows that the day temperature crossed 35 degrees Celsius in a few areas on Sunday. At 35.6 degrees, Najafgarh was the hottest station on Sunday. Ridge in north Delhi and Pitampura reported the maximum temperature at 35.4 degrees Celsius and Sports Complex near Akshardham saw the day temperature at 35.2 degrees Celsius.The maximum temperatures at Palam, Lodhi Road and Ayanagar were reported to be 33.6, 34.8 and 34.2 degrees Celsius respectively. The minimum temperature settled at 15.2 degrees Celsius on Sunday. The relative humidity oscillated between 27% and 85%.The IMD forecast said the maximum temperature is likely to hover around 34 degrees Celsius for the next two days and may rise further to 35 degrees on Wednesday and Thursday.”Under the influence of a western disturbance, the areas in NCR are likely to receive rain on Tuesday. However, there is a possibility of very light rain or drizzle at only one or two places in Delhi. Due to partly cloudy skies, the day temperature is likely to stay around 34 degrees Celsius,” said Kuldeep Srivastava, scientist and head, Regional Weather Forecasting Centre, IMD. He added that after the impact of western disturbance is over, the maximum temperature may witness a slight rise.The minimum temperature is likely to rise to 16 degrees Celsius on Monday and may touch 18 degrees Celsius on March 18.Delhi’s air quality, meanwhile, deteriorated to ‘poor’ category on Sunday. The overall Air Quality Index (AQI) of the capital was 216 on Sunday, as against 200 in the ‘moderate’ category on Saturday. The Commission for Air Quality Management in the national capital region and adjoining areas (CAQM) had revoked stage I of Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) on Thursday. Stage I of GRAP is implemented when there is a forecast that the AQI may reach the ‘poor’ category.According to the Air Quality Early Warning System for Delhi, the air quality is likely to deteriorate and reach the lower end of ‘poor’ category briefly on Monday but improve to ‘moderate’ category on Tuesday and Wednesday.