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18 flights diverted from Delhi due to heavy rain, hailstorm in NCR

The national capital and adjoining cities witnessed heavy rainfall and hailstorm in the afternoon bringing down the mercury.

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Delhi-NCR witnessed hailstorm and rains. (Express photo)

As many as 18 flights were diverted from Delhi airport on Thursday due to bad weather. The national capital and adjoining cities witnessed heavy rainfall and hailstorm in the afternoon bringing down the mercury. Overcast condition prevailed since morning in these areas.

Moderate to heavy rains also lashed parts of Punjab and Haryana, the Met department said. The night temperatures continued to rise for the third consecutive day, hovering few notches above normal limits, they said. Delhi’s maximum temperature Thursday stood at 19.2 degrees Celsius while the minimum temperature was recorded as 15.5 degrees.

Read | Hailstorm, heavy rainfall hit parts of Delhi-NCR

Delhi recorded 3.2 mm rainfall till 5.30 pm. Humidity level oscillated between 100 and 89 per cent. The weatherman has forecast shallow to moderate fog tomorrow morning and mainly clear skies. The maximum and minimum temperatures will range between 19 and 10 degrees Celsius respectively.

While the hailstorm was welcomed by many Delhites with a cheerful glee, commuters stuck in traffic jams took on social networking sites to post their ordeal.

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In Punjab, districts like Mohali, Amritsar, Ludhiana, Patiala, Gurdaspur, Pathankot and Jalandhar witnessed rainfall. Heavy rains also lashed Chandigarh with dark clouds hovering the city and reducing visibility on Thursday morning.

Photos | Rains and hailstorm hit Delhi-NCR

Widespread rainfall occurred in Himachal Pradesh during the past 24 hours with Chamba being the wettest place in the state, the meteorological department said. The department has forecast heavy snowfall and rain in the state till Friday.