Heavy rainfall lash Delhi, several flights diverted

New Delhi, May 3: A squall and dust storm followed by heavy rain lashed the national capital this evening offering respite to the Delhiites from the sweltering heat but caused traffic snarls in parts of the city.

Fifteen flights, including two international, were diverted due to bad weather, airport officials said.

A squall with a wind speed of 59 km per hour hit the city at 16.45 pm and continued till 16.47 pm, MeT Department said.

Heavy storm led to fall of a tree on the road near Siri Fort Auditorium, resulting in traffic jam in the area.

Some parts of the city such as Sansad Marg, Lajpat Nagar and Dwarka were lashed by the rainfall which started at 7.40 pm.

The Safdarjung observatory, whose recording is considered the official figure for Delhi, recorded 13.4 mm rainfall.

The maximum temperature was recorded at 38.3 degrees Celsius, normal for this time of the year, whereas the minimum temperature settled at 27 degrees Celsius, two notches above the seasons average.

The humidity oscillated between 66 and 38 per cent.

The MeT office has forecast overcast skies along with possibility of a drizzle for tomorrow.

"The maximum and minimum temperatures are expected to hover at 36 and 26 degrees Celsius respectively," the weatherman said.

Yesterday, the maximum and minimum temperatures here settled at 37.6 and 26.5 degrees Celsius respectively.