New Delhi: 24 incoming flights have been diverted out of Delhi after a sudden dust storm and rain hit the national capital this evening, news agency ANI has reported. There are up to one hour delays in both arrivals and departures at the airport.
A passenger tweeted that his flight was diverted to Amritsar after two failed attempts at landing.
The light rain comes as big relief from the scorching Sun that had the temperatures soaring. The maximum and minimum temperatures were recorded 33 degree Celsius and 22 degree Celsius respectively. For past many days, both the maximum and minimum temperatures in the Delhi NCR region have been settling above the normal average.
Delhi-NCR is all set to record thunderstorm and dust storm for the next 24-48 hours. Rain started off after a while lowering temperatures further.
The storm dipped the visibility, leading to vehicles plying on the streets coming to a standstill momentarily, while pedestrians rushed to seek shelter.Rains have been scarce since the beginning of the year. While January just saw one rainy day recording mere 4.4 mm of rain, February remained absolutely dry.
The storm and possible rain would bring much needed relief from the scorching heat
March too followed the same pattern, with the national capital recording only traces of rainfall on March 21. April also started on a dry note but the onset of the storm may bring more relief and rain to the city relieving the residents of the heat.
In wake of the rains, both day and night temperatures would fall and start settling around near normal. This storm and possible rain would bring much needed relief from the scorching heat in afternoon and nights. The skies looked pleasant with cool but strong winds blowing that certainly helped beat the heat in the skin-scorching Sun’s presence.