Traffic movement was disrupted due to the change in weather conditions that came a day after the IMD predicted thunderstorm accompanied by squall in north western Himalayan states. Rain and a dust storm hit Delhi and its neighbouring areas on Sunday, bringing the mercury down after a spell of scorching heat over the past few days.
Flight movements at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport were put on hold, news agency ANI reported. Private airline Vistara’s Srinagar-Delhi flight was diverted to Amritsar, it said in a tweet, adding as many as 10 such cases were reported.
Sunday’s storm interrupted chief minister Arvind Kejriwal’s programme in the IP Extension area. Delhi Metro Blue Line (Noida-Dwaraka) too stopped operations for 30 minutes.
Several media reports said traffic movement was disrupted due to the change in weather conditions that came a day after the India Meteorological Department (IMD) predicted thunderstorm accompanied by squall in north western Himalayan states of Uttarakhand, Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh.
On May 2, a thunderstorm killed 134 people across northern India, with hundreds more reported injured.
Delhi witnessed a warm Sunday morning, with the minimum temperature recorded at 30.6 degrees Celsius. But the sky turned cloudy around 4:30pm and gusty winds started sweeping the city soon after.
Sunday’s minimum temperature was five notches above the season’s average, the Met office said. “It was the hottest morning of the season,” an IMD official told IANS.
Saturday’s maximum temperature settled at 42.8 degrees Celsius, three notches above the season’s average, while the minimum temperature was recorded at 26.7 degrees Celsius, a notch above the season’s average.