Strong winds packing 90 kmph speeds and thunderstorms hit the IGI airport around 7 pm on Saturday, according to weather officials. “This is the third time this month — after May 5 and May 8 — that the airport has faced such weather conditions. On May 8, winds at 95 kmph were recorded at the airport around 6.40 pm. Also, all the thunderstorms so far have occurred between 5.30 pm and 11 pm,” Dr R K Jenamani, director in-charge at IGI Meteorological department, said.
Sources said Saturday’s winds displaced a parked aircraft at Terminal 3 from its original position. “But no apparent damage seems to have occurred,” a source said.
“Due to excessive heat, warm air rises accompanied by dust. Since moisture is also present in the air, huge cumulonimbus clouds form, reaching up to 10 km above the ground. These clouds give rise to heavy rainfall accompanied by thunderstorms,” Jenamani said.
He said strong thunderstorms were capable of causing damage to parked aircraft as well as those in the process of landing and taking off.
“The easterly winds are likely to bring in more moisture to the capital in the next few days. Similar thunderstorms can be expected during late evenings and night between May 12 and May 14,” Jenamani said.