Violent dust storm, rain hit New Delhi; flights cancelled

Grant Boone
May 13, 2018

However, the temperature in the morning at 8:30 am was recorded at 30.6 degrees Celsius while the humidity was recorded at 60 per cent, a Meteorological (Met) department official said. Motorists switched on headlights to find their way in the enveloping darkness.

A high-velocity dust storm accompanied with gusty winds and squall hit the Delhi and National Capital Region (NCR) on Sunday evening.

The weather office has said thundershowers accompanied with squall, with wind speed reaching 50-70 kmph, are "very likely" at isolated places over Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Gangetic West Bengal, Jharkhand, Bihar and Odisha.

In a sudden change of weather, the sky turned cloudy around 4:30 pm and gusty winds swept the city.

Yesterday, Delhi had recorded the season's hottest day, with the maximum temperature settling at 42.8 degrees Celsius, three notches above the season's average.

Kalpa in Kinnaur district saw 3.6 mm of rain, while it was 5 mm in Keylong in Lahaul-Spiti district.

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Meanwhile, IMD has issued a fresh warning regarding low to moderate rains along with heavy winds in different parts of Delhi, Rohtak, Bahadurgarh, Bhiwadi, Sohna, Hodal Palwal, Jhajjar, Manesar, Gurgaon, Noah, Hasanpur, Ballabhgarh, Faridabad, Aurgabdaligadh, Kharakhauda, Sonepat, Baghpat, Badaut, Gohana, Modinagar, Hapur, Bulandshahr, Khurja Noida, Ghaziabad, Meerut in the next two hours.

Shimla recorded a minimum of 15.6˚C, while it was seven degrees in Kalpa, 16.4˚C in Dharamsala, 10˚C in Manali and 12.7˚C in Dalhousie, which had mild rains. The deceased have been identified as R. Rajaiah, K. Bapu and J. Ramesh. UP was the worst affected, accounting for 80 deaths, majority in Agra district in the western part of the state.

When they did not return home, their family members went to the field and saw their bodies.

On Sunday, thunderstorm accompanied with gusty winds is also likely at isolated places over Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh & Delhi, Assam & Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram & Tripura, Vidarbha, Chhattisgarh, south Madhya Maharashtra, South Interior Karnataka, Lakshadweep, Kerala and Tamilnadu and Puducherry.

# 05:38 PM: 10 flight diversions at Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport so far due to bad weather conditions.

The day temperatures at most places in both states were in the 40-45ºC mark.

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