The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted that thunderstorms and gusty winds may hit several northern Indian states, including Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh and Delhi on Tuesday (08.05.2018).
As a precautionary measure, the Delhi Government has made a decision to close all evening schools on Tuesday. Trees were uprooted in parts of Delhi. The Delhi Police has already advised the commuters to take heed of the storm, and check before traveling in the conditions, because there are chances that roads could get clogged.
In the list of "dos and don'ts", the government has advised citizens to try to stay indoors and staff off verandas and keep a watch on local weather updates and warnings.
IMD has said, due to the impact of western disturbance, dust storm or thunderstorm accompanied with squalls and hail are likely to occur over Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Sikkim and West Bengal during the period.
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IMD issues a warning that thunderstorm accompanied with squall and hail likely into hit Himachal Pradesh and Uttrakhand on May 8. "The worst is over", Mahesh Palawat, chief meteorologist at Skymet Weather, a private forecaster, said of Delhi NCR. "But if the wind speed is reported above 90 kmph, then trains will be put on hold at platforms and no train will enter platforms with a speed of more than 15 kmph", a DMRC official said. Metro authorities explained that the trains will function normally if the winds are within 70-90 kmph.
Earlier in the day, Shimla and Fatehabad in Haryana had experienced heavy rainfall. Mr Mohapatra said, the weather condition will improve in north-west India from tomorrow onwards. There is also a trough of low pressure between Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh.
The weather agency has also issued warnings of thunderstorm in south-interior Karnataka, north-coastal Andhra Pradesh, Rayalaseema region of the state, Tamilnadu and Kerala. "These systems would trigger rain and thunderstorms across north India and Delhi-NCR", another Met official told the daily.