Rain, hailstorm lash Delhi; mercury to fall on Saturday
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Last Updated: Friday, January 18, 2013, 22:04
New Delhi: A hailstorm and heavy rains lashed the capital on Friday, bringing the chill back. The Met department has forecast a cold Saturday.

The maximum temperature plummeted four notches below average to 16.4 degrees Celsius.

Commuters had a tough time with long traffic snarls on Delhi's arterial roads.

The rain had started in the national capital on Thursday night, followed by a hailstorm.

A total of 12.5 mm of rain was recorded in the day.

While the minimum temperature was 11.3 degrees Celsius, four notches above average, the Met department has forecast Saturday's minimum temperature to be around 7 degrees.

"There will be fog on Saturday morning but the sky will be clear in the day," said an official.

Earlier on Friday, several key roads - including the arterial ones connecting Delhi to satellite towns of Gurgaon and Noida, the peripheral Ring Road - and several others were choked with long lines of vehicles as traffic moved at a snail's pace.

There was no fog and visibility was a good 2,600 meters at 8.30 am.


First Published: Friday, January 18, 2013, 00:07

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