National Capital enveloped with a white blanket on Thursday evening. Delhi was hit by heavy rains and hailstorms in some areas as an overcast morning gave ways to shower. The hailstorm did mesmerized the heart of people but it affected the traffic and flight operations.
Busy roads, traffics and apartments in Noida’s sector 93, sector 137 and Yamuna Expressway was covered by heavy hailstones.
Rain in evening also brought traffic to a standstill in south, west and central Delhi. Reports of water logging were received from Mehrauli-Badarpur Road, Mayapauri and Punjabi Bagh.
On Thursday the thunderstorm brought the temperature at 15 degrees.People did not expected this sudden hailstones in the National capital, as they woke up with light rains on Thursday morning.
With the humidity recorded at 89 per cent, the air quality was ‘very poor’ in the city.
Minimum temperature is expected to drop, keeping the city cold, it is unlikely to rain today.
In the past 24 hours, the city has witnessed around 1 mm of rain.
16 Delhi-bound trains were delayed by two to six hours due to fog and low visibility on Thursday.
News Agency ANI reported that, twenty three domestic and nine international flights were diverted out of Delhi due to bad weather condition.
Delhi’s regional Met department attributed the hailstones to a mixture of factors. “A hailstorms is not unsusual for this time of the year”, said B.P Yadav, head of IMD’s regional centre.
“The rains were preceded by strong winds which helped in dispersal of concentrated pollutants. Strong winds are expected for the next two days too,” said a CPCB official.
Cold wind and low temperatures, with a western disturbances is bringing showers over Northern India, leading to hailstorms and thunderclouds.