Light showers bring relief from sizzling heat in Delhi; several flights diverted

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New Delhi | Updated: June 12, 2019 9:02 PM

The weather activity brought the mercury down in Delhi-NCR which is reeling under intense heatwave since past few days.

Delhi Weather,Delhi Temperature,Delhi Dust Storm,Delhi Weather Today,Weather Today,Delhi Rain Prediction,Delhi Weather UpdatesA view of the Gurudwara Rakab Ganj and Church of Redemption during a dust storm in New Delhi on Wednesday. (PTI Photo)

Delhi weather update: Thunderstorm and dust storm coupled with light rain brought the mercury down in the national capital on Wednesday evening, bringing much-needed respite for residents from the scorching heat. The dust storm affected the visibility as a thick haze hung over the city skies, temporarily halting flight operations at the Indira Gandhi International airport.

According to airport officials, flight operations at the Delhi International Airport were suspended for around 35 minutes due to poor visibility. the dust storm hit the Delhi airport at 6.39 pm. The last flight arrived at the airport was at 6.36 pm and the last departure was at 6.38 pm. At least 27 flights destined for IGI Airport were diverted till 7:50 pm due to dust storm. The operations were resumed later.

According to private weather forecaster Skymet Weather, duststorm with the speed of 60 to 70 km/hr slammed the national capital and adjoining areas of Noida, Faridabad and Gurugram Wednesday evening. Thunderstorm and light rains lashed the national capital due to a western disturbance

The MeT department has forecast partly cloudy sky and possibility of very light rain for Thursday.

The weather activity brought the mercury down in Delhi-NCR which is reeling under intense heatwave since past few days. Skymet Weather predicted intense rains with heavy showers could lash some parts of the region as well.

Earlier in the day, Delhi-based Palam observatory recorded a maximum temperature of 43.4 degrees Celsius and a minimum of 32.4 degrees on Wednesday. The maximum temperature recorded at Safdarjung observatory was 41.6 degrees Celsius, two notches above the season’s average. However, after the thunderstorm hit the city, the temperature fell sharply to 29.8 degrees Celsius at 7.30 pm. The minimum temperature was recorded at 31 degrees Celsius, three notches above the season’s average.

The mercury broke all records on Monday touching 48 degrees Celsius on Monday. This was the highest ever temperature recorded in the national capital. The previous hottest day in June in Delhi was recorded in 2014 when the temperature shot up to 47.8 degrees Celsius.

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