In Delhi, hail and high winds hit flights; Cars shaking on the roads
A hailstorm hit parts of the nation’s capital tonight, blocking traffic in many places as the frozen chunks of ice battered windshields and motorcyclists. Flight tracking websites show several passenger planes hovering over Indira Gandhi International Airport, waiting for the bad weather to clear up, which would likely delay flight schedules.
“Raindrops and thunderstorms in Delhi may impact our flight operations. Please allow ample travel time to avoid any hassles. Keep an eye on your flight status. For assistance, contact us on Twitter/Facebook,” IndiGo tweeted.
#6ETravel Advice : Raindrops and thunderstorms in #Delhi may impact our flight operations. Please allow enough travel time to avoid any hassle. Keep an eye on your flight status https://t.co/F83aKztgwO. For any assistance, DM us on Twitter/Facebook.
— IndiGo (@IndiGo6E) May 30, 2022
The bright evening sky amid the intense heat wave, which has been keeping the city in turmoil for a few days, suddenly darkened around 4.30 p.m. at the start of the thunderstorm accompanied by hail.
Visuals posted by Delhi residents on Twitter show cars shaking on the roads, pushed by the speed of the wind.
Earlier in the day, the meteorological officer had forecast a thunderstorm with light to moderate rain and gusty winds with a speed of up to 50 km/h.
The meteorological bureau also forecast rain in parts of Gurgaon in neighboring Delhi.
Today’s storm comes exactly a week after another major storm hit the nation’s capital, uprooting trees and affecting flight operations.