For in seven days’ time I will make it rain upon the earth, forty days and forty nights, and I will blot out from the earth all existence that I created.
The 7 day delay was in honor of Metushelach who had just died at the age of 969 years old. (Sanhedrin 108b, Bereshit Rabbah)
During those 7 days of mourning a number of unnatural events occurred. For example, the sun rose in the west and set in the east, and people experienced great pleasure like the delights reserved for the righteous in the world to come. (Meam Loez: Sanhedrin Ch.10)
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