Skies turned dark in Delhi on Sunday (May 13) and a sudden dust storm accompanied by lightning struck the city, bringing temperature several notches down.
High-velocity winds affected normal life and even the flight movements were affected. As per latest reports, flight movements at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport have been put on hold due to thunderstorm, reported ANI. Airline Vistara’s Srinagar-Delhi flight was diverted to Amritsar following bad weather conditions in Delhi-NCR.
The temperature was today recorded at 30.6 degrees Celsius. The humidity was recorded at 60 per cent at 8:30 am, a Meteorological (Met) department official said. The Met office has forecast light rains will follow the dust storm. According to ANI, the storm disrupted an event being attended by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in IP Extension when the winds blew off parts of the stage. The sudden change in weather began at around 4.30 pm and gusty winds swept the city. The visibility was hampered initially as winds brought dust along with it. It was only after rain began that the dust settled down. Similar weather conditions were reported from nearby areas such as Faridabad, Gurugram, Noida and Ghaziabad. Metro movement at the Noida Dwaraka line was stalled for 30 minutes due to bad weather conditions, said reports. The MeT department had earlier today warned that 26 districts of Uttar Pradesh are likely to witness the harsh change in weather. On May 9, several parts of the state were hit by a severe storm that left 18 dead and 27 others injured. Five people died in Etawah district, three each in Mathura, Aligarh and Agra, two in Firozabad and one each in Hathras and Kanpur Dehat.