New Delhi: 

Over 30 flights were diverted this evening from Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport due to bad weather after several parts in national capital and neighbouring cities were hit by hailstorm and heavy rain. 

Twenty-three domestic and nine international flights have been diverted. Among the domestic flights, nine flights were diverted to Jaipur, three to Lucknow and three flights were diverted to Amritsar. Two flights were diverted to Varanasi and one flight was diverted to Indore. 

Social media users from Delhi and Noida, many of them caught unaware, shared pictures and videos on Twitter and Facebook.

The weather office predicted hailstorm as the national capital woke up to an inclement weather today. “The sky will remain generally cloudy throughout the day with light to moderate rain or thunderstorm and hail likely in the later parts of the day as well,” the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said earlier in the day. 

The rains, however, failed to improve the air quality in Delhi. “Overall air quality over Delhi is ”very poor”. Air quality has not improved significantly as rainfall was not sufficient enough and wind speed was also moderate,” System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research, also known as SAFAR, said.

(With inputs from news agency ANI) 

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