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Flights delayed, diverted at IGIA

While the squall and rains early in the morning on Friday brought relief to Delhiites reeling under scorching heat, passengers at the Delhi airport weren't cheering for it.

delhi Updated: Jun 10, 2011 23:25 IST
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While the squall and rains early in the morning on Friday brought relief to Delhiites reeling under scorching heat, passengers at the Delhi airport weren't cheering for it.

Many flights were delayed and eight arrivals had to be diverted due to bad weather conditions at the Indira Gandhi International Airport on Friday. The diverted flights included four international, two domestic and two cargo flights.

Flights were diverted to airports like Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Nagpur and Kolkata as strong winds made it difficult for pilots to land their aircrafts in Delhi.

The flights were diverted between 5.18am and 5.50am. One departure flight of Kingfisher Airlines (IT-3341) was rescheduled to 6.30am, as it could not take off from the Delhi airport due to bad

weather.

"Squalls like the one experienced on Friday morning are going to be a regular feature at the Delhi Airport," said RK Jenamani, director-in-charge, IGIA met unit.

"These are not resulted due to local systems but by the moisture brought in by the onset of monsoon," he said.

"The wind speed was recorded at 60kmph, which resulted in some flight disruption. The airport experienced very bad weather conditions between 5am and 6am," he said.

Rain brings relief but heat to follow

Early morning showers made Friday the coolest June 10 in the last four years in Delhi.

The maximum temperature dipped five degrees below normal to 34 degree Celsius because of the rain showers.

The minimum temperature was seven degrees below normal at 20.8 degrees Celsius.

But the good weather is not expected to continue into the weekend.

The weatherman has predicted a clear sky for Saturday, with the temperature expected to be between 39 and 27 degrees Celsius. "Saturday and Sunday, both are expected to have clear skies and no rainfall," said a Met official.

According to the official, Delhi has been witnessing a pleasant day on June 10 for the past few years. In 2008, the maximum temperature was 35 degrees Celsius and in 2010 it was 36 degrees Celsius. The rain showers came as a big respite from the hot and humid weather that the city had been experiencing for the past one week.

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