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Delhi turns into winter wonderland with heavy rains, hailstorms

Heavy rains and hailstorm accompanied by strong winds lashed the national capital Thursday, bringing the mercury down by four to five notches.

Hailstorm in Delhi-NCR

Heavy rains and hailstorm accompanied by strong winds lashed the city on Thursday and brought the mercury down by four to five notches. 

Hailstorm in Delhi-NCR

The minimum temperature settled at 15 degrees Celsius, six notches above the season's average and the maximum temperature was recorded at 19.1 degrees Celsius, four notches below the season's average.

Hailstorm in Delhi-NCR

Hailstorms hit several parts of Delhi and its adjacent areas. Excited people took to social media to share pictures of roads covered with hail.

Hailstorm in Delhi-NCR

Friday onwards, the rain is likely to stop and the minimum temperature is expected to drop several notches and hover around 7 degrees Celsius which kept the city cold.

Hailstorm in Delhi-NCR

The Safdarjung observatory, whose reading is considered the official figure for the city, recorded 4.8mm rainfall between 8.30 am and 8.30 pm. Rains continued even after that but figures for the same were not available.

Hailstorm in Delhi-NCR

Operations at the Delhi airport saw massive disruption due to the hailstorm as 38 flights had to be diverted between 6 pm and 8.45 pm, and several others faced delays of over two hours due to unfavourable weather conditions. 

Hailstorm in Delhi-NCR

On Friday the minimum temperature settled at 7 degrees celsius and the maximum expected to settle at 21 degrees celsius.