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24 flights diverted, many delayed after dust storm, light rains hit Delhi

The storm dipped the visibility, leading to vehicles plying on the streets coming to a standstill momentarily

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Delhi dust storm
Vehicles travel on roads after a thunderstorm in Gurugram on Friday | Photo: PTI

A and accompanied with light rains in parts of the capital in the evening brought the mercury down significantly by 16.6 degrees Celsius but threw traffic out of gear in several areas, with 24 flights being diverted.

A with a speed of 81 km per hour hit the city plunging it into darkness followed by light rains which offered respite from the heat.

"The squall, with a speed of 81 km per hour, hit the It started at 5.33 PM and lasted till 5.35 PM after which the mercury fell to 33 degrees Celsius at 5.30 PM," a Meteorological (MeT) department said.

In Lutyens' Delhi, the sprawling complex, seat of the government and the bungalow zone, were shrouded by dust kicked up by gusty winds which was followed by light drizzle.

The dipped the visibility, leading to vehicles plying on the streets coming to a standstill momentarily, while pedestrians rushed to seek shelter.

The maximum temperature was recorded at 36.6 degrees Celsius, two notches above the season's average. However, after the rains temperature plummeted to 21 degrees Celsius, the said.

There has been 24 diversions of flights due to the bad weather, a International Airport Ltd said.

received 4.4 mm rains and the humidity oscillated between 68 and 32 per cent.

The has forecast overcast skies along with the possibility of light rains, thunderstorm and tomorrow.

"The maximum and minimum temperatures are likely to hover at 35 and 23 degrees respectively," the weatherman said.

Yesterday, the minimum temperature settled at 23.2 degrees Celsius while the maximum temperature recorded was 37.6 degrees Celsius.

First Published: Fri, April 06 2018. 23:21 IST