Rain and a dust storm with a wind speed of up to 109 kmph 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’s Blue Line (Noida-Dwarka) too stopped operations for a brief period.
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.
Its forecast said parts of Rajasthan might also see a dust storm.
On May 2, a thunderstorm killed 134 people across northern India, with hundreds more reported injured.
The rain brought relief to Delhi residents after a sweltering day, when the maximum temperature had reached 40.60 degrees Celsius, a notch above the normal, a weather department official told PTI. Humidity during the morning hours was recorded at 60%, the official added.
Saturday’s maximum temperature settled at 42...