New Delhi, Jun 27: At least six flights were diverted from Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) in Delhi due to sudden change in weather on Wednesday. Earlier in the day, the national capital witnessed spells of rain that brought some respite from the scorching heat. The showers dropped the temperature to 27 degrees Celsius.

Meanwhile, the meteorological department has predicted severe thunderstorm prior to the monsoon in North West India.“June 29 is the normal date for monsoon onset in Delhi. Currently, the monsoon is progressing in West Bengal, Odisha, and Bihar. It will reach eastern Uttar Pradesh in the next 48 hours. We are expecting serious thunderstorm activity prior to the monsoon in North-West India,” it said.

Heavy to very heavy rains are likely in nine districts of Uttar Pradesh in the next 24 hours, the meteorological department said today. The areas which are likely to be affected are Shravasti, Bahraich, Kheri, Pilibhit, Bareilly, Rampur, Shahjahanpur, Moradabad and Bijnor, the Met department said.

In Goa on June 20, hundreds of passengers were stranded for hours at the Goa Airport after 16 flights were diverted due to low-hanging clouds. Flight operations were stopped between 2 PM to 6 PM, reports said.

On June 9, as many as 27 flights were diverted from Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) when the national capital was hit by dust storm, strong winds and rain and plunged the city skies into pitch darkness in the evening.

Though the operations were restored later, 27 flights were diverted between 5-6 PM to nearby airports, according to IGIA authorities.