Hailstorm, Heavy Rainfall Disrupts 38 Flights in Delhi
“Is this Noida or Shimla?” ask netizens on Twitter.
“Is this Noida or Shimla?” ask netizens on Twitter.(Photo Courtesy: Twitter/@technodeep/@evasec93)

Hailstorm, Heavy Rainfall Disrupts 38 Flights in Delhi

Heavy rains and hailstrom accompanied by strong winds lashed the national capital on Thursday, bringing the mercury down by four to five notches and causing several flights to be diverted to nearby cities.

Operations at the Delhi airport saw massive disruption as 38 flights had to be diverted between 6 pm and 8:45 pm, and several others faced delays of over two hours due to unfavourable weather conditions.
(Photo: PTI)

Operations of smaller aircraft such as the Bombardier and the ATR were suspended for a while due to strong winds but resumed later, airport officials said.

The minimum temperature in the city settled at 15 degrees Celsius, six notches above the season's average and the maximum temperature was recorded at 19.1 degrees Celsius, four notches below the season's average.

The Safdarjung observatory, whose reading is considered the official figure for the city, recorded 4.8mm rainfall between 8:30 am and 8:30 pm.
The intense hailstorm lasted for a few minutes.
The intense hailstorm lasted for a few minutes.
(Photo Courtesy: Sumit Sinsinwar)

Rains continued even after 8:30 but figures for the same were not available.

Palam recorded 3.2mm rainfall, Lodhi Road 3.8mm, Ridge 3.4mm, Ayanagar 4mm, Gurgaon 3mm, Jafarpur 9mm, Najafgarh 3mm and Sports Complex recorded 2mm of rain between 8.30 am and 2.30 pm.

The humidity level oscillated between 100 and 89 percent.  
Hailstorm also caused a lot of traffic jam in Noida.
Hailstorm also caused a lot of traffic jam in Noida.
(Photo Courtesy: Anshul Kumar)

Hailstorms hit several parts of Delhi and its adjacent areas. Excited people took to social media to share pictures of roads covered with hail.

The weatherman has forecast shallow to moderate fog for Friday morning and mainly clear skies during the day.

The maximum and minimum temperatures is expected to hover around 19 and 10 degrees Celsius respectively.

The minimum temperature on Wednesday was 12 degrees Celsius, while the maximum settled at 24 degrees Celsius.

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