03/05/2016 10:26 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:26 AM IST

Delhi Schools To Close From May 11 Due To Soaring Temperature

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NEW DELHI, INDIA - APRIL 2: People cover themselves to protect against the hot summer day, as the heat wave conditions prevailed in Northern India with the maximum temperature settling at 38.9 degrees Celsius, five notches above the normal, on April 02, 2016 in New Delhi, India. The minimum temperature yesterday was recorded at 21.6 degrees Celsius while the maximum had settled at 37.3 degrees Celsius. (Photo by Sonu Mehta/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

Delhi government on Tuesday ordered all schools in the city to advance their summer vacation to May 11, providing relief to lakhs of school children from the tormenting heat that has swept the capital.

The Education Department issued the order to this effect to all private, government-run as well as those under the municipal bodies to observe the "mandatory summer vacations".

"The Directorate of Education (DoE) has issued a circular to all the heads of government/aided/private/NDMC /MCD /DCB schools directing them to observe mandatory summer vacations from May 11," an official statement said.

It said the decision has been taken in view of the searing heat and predictions of temperature rising further.

The national capital yesterday witnessed the hottest day of the season with mercury soaring to 44 degrees Celsius, five notches above the season's average. The maximum temperature settled at 39.6 degrees Celsius today.

While the summer vacations in government-run schools begin from May 10 every year, private schools have varied schedules.

The duration of the summer vacation is around one and a half months.

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