May 20, 2018

Thunderstorm, dust storm "very likely" tomorrow in 26 UP districts: Met office

13 May 2018, 08:29 | Silvia Roy

News Story Thunderstorms likely over next two days in hill states of North India says Met Department

Thunderstorms likely over next two days in hill states of North India says Met Department

The meteorological office also forecast rain in isolated parts of east Uttar Pradesh and said the weather is most likely to remain dry in west UP.

A new western disturbance from Monday is expected to cause thunderstorms over the hill States, and their subsequent effect on the plains in northern India.

A squall and sudden dust storm with a wind speed of up to 109 kmph accompanied by light rain hit Delhi on Sunday evening after a scorching day, a Met department official said. Power supply in several areas had to be suspended.

"Thunderstorms will also hit the South, but they won't be as strong", said M Mohapatra, head of services, IMD.

# 07:38 PM: 5 persons died due to lightning and thunderstorm in Andhra Pradesh's Srikakulam district, according to NDMA.

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The sudden change of weather in Delhi forced airport authorities to divert at least 40 domestic and worldwide flights, an official said.

# 07:16 PM: Delhi: Metro services between Indraprastha and Karol Bagh metro stations disrupted after a tree fell on the tracks of the route between Rajiv Chowk to RK Ashram metro stations.

Now, train services on all lines of the Delhi metro are running as per normal schedule after fix of overhead electricity (OHE) wires.

Similar weather conditions are likely to prevail through the week. The movement was, however, soon resumed. He adds that despite dust storm in Dehradoon and its adjoining areas Chardham yatra is continuing.

According to ANI, as many as 70 flights have been diverted from Delhi's Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport due to the heavy dust storm and rain in Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR) on Sunday.

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A Delhi bound Vistara flight which was heading to Srinagar was diverted to Amritsar following the bad weather conditions.

Mahesh Palawat, Director of the private weather forecast agency Skymet, told IANS that the change in weather was due to western disturbance which reached Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh on Saturday evening.

Saturday's maximum temperature settled at 42.8 degrees Celsius, three notches above the season's average, while the minimum temperature was recorded at 26.7 degrees Celsius, a notch above the season's average.

While the maximum temperature in Chandrapur shot up to 47.3 degree Celsius on Friday, mercury may hit 43 degree Celsius with heat waves spread across the National Capital region in mid of May.

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