Published on : Thursday, June 13, 2019
Operations at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi Airport were shut down for nearly an hour and some flights had to be diverted after a severe dust storm hit the national capital and adjoining areas Wednesday evening. The dust storm also brought down the temperature rapidly, bringing some respite from the sizzling heat wave. Temperature in the national capital had touched 48 degrees on Monday, the highest-ever recorded in June.
Mahesh Palawat, Vice President of Skymet, tweeted that the national capital’s temperature dropped by seven degrees in a span of just half an hour.
“At 18.30 it was 40, dropped to 33 degree at 19.00 hours. All thanks to #Duststorm and #rain,” he tweeted.
The weather department had said on Tuesday that temperatures were expected to dip. Private weather agency Skymet said heavy rain was expected across the National Capital Region.
“Earlier, (dry summer) wind used to come from the western side of Rajasthan. However, the direction of the wind has changed. As a result, we have witnessed a temperature fall of two-three degrees in all the North Indian states. It is expected to continue for the next three days and there will be full respite from the heat wave in the region,” a senior Met department official said.
The impact of Cyclone Vayu, due to hit the Gujarat coastline Thursday, could play a role in temperature dropping, a senior weather department official had said.
The weather department has also predicted rain over South-West Delhi, South Delhi, Faridabad, Gurugram, Noida, Ghaziabad, Jahangirabad, Aurangabad, Hapur, Etah, Sahaswan, Aligarh, Jattari, Khair, Farukhnagar and Ghaziabad during next two hours, media reports said.
The country is currently dealing with the worst heat wave it has experienced, with four cities in North India, Delhi included, recording sky-high temperatures.
Rajasthan’s Churu is the hottest among these cities, crossing 50 degrees twice, eight degrees above normal temperature at this time of the year.
Banda and Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh come a close second and third, at 49.2 and 48.9 degrees respectively.