People in Delhi finally got a much-needed respite from heat after a hailstorm hit parts of the city and some isolated areas received rainfall. Delhiites on Wednesday afternoon got a much-needed relief from the hot weather conditions as some parts of the national capital received hailstorms and rainfall. People in the city’s Rohini, Pitampura, and Paschim Vihar areas reported hailstorms at around 2 pm along with rains and strong winds.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) said thunderstorms with light to moderate intensity rain and gusty winds with a speed of 30-40 kph would occur over and adjoining areas of a few places of Delhi (Kanjhawala, Pashchim Vihar, Dwarka, Palam, Safdarjung, Vasant Kunj), NCR (Loni Dehat, Bahadurgarh, Ghaziabad, Chhapraula, Gurugram, Manesar) Narwana, Karnal, Rajaund, Jind, Panipat, Gohana, Gannaur, Meham, Sonipat, Rohtak, Bhiwani, Mattanhail, Jhajjar, Kosali, Rewari, Bawal (Haryana) Gangoh, Deoband, Nazibabad, Shamli, Muzaffarnagar, Kandhla, Bijnaur, Khatauli, Sakoti Tanda, Hastinapur, Chandpur in the next two hours.
Earlier in the morning, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) had issued a yellow alert, warning of a dust storm, thunderstorm, or hail storm with winds gusting up to 50 kilometers per hour in the national capital. It later updated the alert to the orange category. The maximum temperature at the Safdarjung Observatory, Delhi’s base station, is likely to settle around 38 degrees Celsius. The minimum temperature was recorded at 28.8 degrees Celsius which was four notches above normal for this time of the year.
The IMD had predicted a cloudy sky over Delhi for the next three days due to a western disturbance affecting northwest India. The mercury is set to rise by four to five notches over the next six days. However, no heatwave is predicted.
Delhi had recorded its second hottest April this year since 1951 with a monthly average maximum temperature of 40.2 degrees Celsius. The all-time high maximum temperature for the month of April in Delhi was 45.6 degrees Celsius in 1941.
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