New Delhi: As the skies turned overcast with dark grey clouds, heavy rain lashed parts of Delhi and its surrounding areas on Friday evening bringing down the temperature in the national capital. As a result, arrival and departure of several flights at the have been affected at Delhi’s IGI airport. Also Read - Post April 14, Central Govt Likely to Allow Flight Operations in Staggered Manner
State-run carrier Air India notified its passengers saying that flights in and out of Delhi may be affected. It also noted that there was a traffic jam on the road leading to the airport because of the downpour. Also Read - 'Proud of You': Pakistan ATC Lauds Air India For COVID-19 Relief Flights
“Due to heavy downpour in Delhi, Flight departures and arrivals are likely to be affected. There is also traffic jam en route to Airport. Passengers are requested to keep sufficient time in hand to reach Airport,” Air India tweeted. Also Read - Air India Halts All Bookings Till April 30, But What About Employees' Pay?
Earlier today, Delhiites woke up gusty winds, thunderstorms and heavy showers that are likely to continue through Saturday. The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) had said that thunderstorms were likely to peak on Friday afternoon. The wind speed is likely to touch 50 km per hour.
An advisory was issued to people in the national capital to park their vehicles away from trees and hoardings as they might get damaged. Hailstorms may also follow the rains, the met department stated.
With the coronavirus fears on the rise, people have also been worrying if a temperature change will affect the spread of the deadly virus. However, the Indian Council of Medical Research director-general Balram Bhargava said the change in weather will not have any impact on the spread of novel coronavirus.
Notably, similar rains and hailstorms are also likely over Delhi, Punjab, Haryana, North Rajasthan, and multiple parts of West Uttar Pradesh.