Operations at Delhi's Indira Gandhi Airport were halted for nearly an hour and some flights were diverted after a severe dust storm hit the national capital and adjoining areas.
The dust storm also brought down the temperature rapidly. A thick haze also hung over the city due to the dust-storm, which affected visibility. At least 27 flights were diverted from Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport. Flight operations later resumed. Temperature in the national capital had touched 48 degrees on Monday, the highest-ever recorded in June. he country is currently dealing with the worst heat wave it has experienced, with four cities in North India, Delhi included, recording sky-high temperatures. The air quality continued to remain in the poor category.
The weather department has forecast partly cloudy sky and possibility of very light rain for Thursday. The maximum and minimum temperatures are likely to hover around 43 and 29 degrees Celsius respectively. The impact of Cyclone Vayu, due to hit the Gujarat coastline tomorrow, could play a role in temperature dropping, a senior weather department official had said. The weather department has also predicted rain over South-West Delhi, South Delhi, Faridabad, Gurugram, Noida, Ghaziabad, Jahangirabad, Aurangabad, Hapur, Etah, Sahaswan, Aligarh, Jattari, Khair, Farukhnagar and Ghaziabad.