Delhi NCR Turns Into Shimla After Hailstorm

by Suchismita Pal
Delhi NCR Turns Into Shimla After Hailstorm

Rain and hailstorm in the middle of May isn’t a very usual affair. But the evening of 14th May, 2020 saw something similar in Delhi, Noida and Ghaziabad. Gusty winds began to blow at around 5 PM, followed by dust storm, heavy rain and hailstorm in several parts of the Capital.  The showers brought relief to the city people from the rising temperatures. Also, due to the rainy spell, the sky got darker and nightfall happened earlier than usual.

Rain, Dust And Hailstorms In Delhi NCR

Photos and videos of the sudden downpour soon went viral on social media. People started posting snaps and clips of paths going all white with hailstorms, dust engulfing the streets and heavy rains making the surroundings blurry. Here are some tweets and reactions about the stormy episode.

A user even posted a boomerang of throwing up some icy flakes with the caption, “This is crazy visuals from my home, it feels like I am in some hill station.”


Around 5:20 PM, the Regional Weather Forecasting Centre (RWFC), New Delhi had also made a tweet, stating “Duststorm/thunderstorm with rain/hail and gusty winds of the speed of 40-60 mph would occur over and adjoining areas of Karnal, Panipat, Gohana, Gannaur, Sonipat, Bagpat, Baraut, Shamli, Jajjar, Khekra, Modinagar, Meerut and many places of Delhi and adjoining NCR (Gurugram, Faridabad, Noida, Greater Noida, Ghaziabad) during next 2 hours.”

What Else?

The sudden storm led to the uprooting of trees in some areas. Also, there were reports of power outages in many parts of the city. Despite the difficulties, to the people stuck inside their homes for about the last two months due to lockdown, the sight and sound of the rains were extremely relaxing. Last Sunday too, some places in the capital had received heavy downpour.

Hailstorm Delhi NCR Ghaziabad
Picture Credits: Twitter

The hailstorm had turned the empty avatar of Delhi NCR into a literal paradise for some time. When people aren’t able to step out or travel, the beautiful views gave the city people temporary vacation feels.