Noida, near Delhi, looked like a snowy town on Thursday evening as the roads and highways were covered in hailstones. It was after nearly a decade that Delhi and neighbouring areas saw such heavy hailstorm that accompanied the evening rain.
Residents and commuters, marveled at the unusual occurrence, went into a tizzy on social media posting pictures and videos of the "winter wonderland".
Busy roads, traffic intersections and apartments in Noida's Sector 93, Sector 137 and Yamuna Expressway were among the hailstone-covered areas.
The minimum temperature in Delhi settled at 15 degrees on Thursday, six notches above the season's average and the maximum temperature was recorded at 19.1 degrees, four notches below the season's average.
Twenty-three domestic and nine international flights were diverted out of Delhi due to the bad weather, news agency ANI reported.
People took to Twitter to post images and videos of the hailstorm.
#Hailstorm#hailstorm#Delhi#market#delhiweather#RoseDay#ROSE#varma#Rain#Traffic#TrafficAlert#DriveSafe#delhiwinters#WinterStorm#coldweather#justiceforramalingam#climatechange#technology#winter#poetry#ValentinesDay#rajouri#climatechangepic.twitter.com/ltNAOb2eoq- SACHIN SEHGAL (@sachinrf) February 7, 2019
Hailstorm in Delhi pic.twitter.com/X6dARGS6nA- manoj kumar (@manten93) February 7, 2019
It in unlikely to rain today and the minimum temperature is expected to drop, keeping the city cold.
"Minimum temperatures are likely to fall by 4 to 6 degrees celsius over northwest India from February 8. A fresh western disturbance is likely to affect the whole of northwest India from February 10 onwards," a weather department bulletin said.
At least 16 Delhi-bound trains were delayed by two to six hours due to fog and low visibility on Thursday.
On Wednesday, the maximum temperature was recorded at 25.1 degrees Celsius, two notches above the season's average while the minimum was 12 degrees Celsius, three notches above the season's average.
(With inputs from IANS and PTI)