Thunderstorm with squall likely in Delhi

Thunderstorm

Monday, May 7, night saw dust storms with speeds of about 70 kilometers per hour and the Met office has said that this is likely to continue Tuesday, May 8, as well. The Indian Meteorological Department has forecast high velocity winds, rain and possible thunder and lightning for Tuesday as well.

On Monday, Delhi recorded a temperature of 39.6 degree Celsius, which is above average. "No damage reported", said Manmohan Singh, State IMD Director. People can contact Delhi Police civic and traffic helpline - 1095, 25844444 - if they are caught in any trouble during the storm. After a high-level meeting, chaired by Anshu Prakash, all evening school were closed for today. Delhi government has announced that all evening schools across the national capital will remain closed.

Delhi Government has also asked the people to keep themselves updated about the situation, and to not venture outside.

According to the weather department, the prevailing weather conditions in Haryana and adjoining areas of Punjab and Madhya Pradesh is due to the low intensity of cyclonic winds. The citizens were requested to stay away from the verandah. The Haryana government has also canceled the leaves of all municipal officials and fire and emergency services have been put on alert.

Police officials stated that in Outer Delhi's Nihal Vihar area, a labourer, who was sleeping, was injured after strong winds blew and tiles kept on the parapet fell on him.

Avoid travelling during the storm. Heavy rain and thunderstorm are also likely to hit the national capital tonight.

The advisory also asked citizens to avoid taking a bath or shower or running water for any objective.

The weather department also predicted that a thunderstorm accompanied with squall and hail is likely at isolated places over Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand, Haryana, Chandigarh & Delhi, West Uttar Pradesh and Sub-Himalayan, West Bengal and Sikkim. Search and rescue teams are on standby.

Seeing the weather warning, the Delhi Metro is also treading with extreme caution in running of trains.

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