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Delhi-NCR: Warning for Severe dust storm

On Wednesday, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a ‘severe’ weather warning for several parts of the country. Officials said dust storms are likely to affect Delhi and other parts of northwest India on Thursday and Friday.

Director general of meteorology at IMD, M Mohapatra said, “A feeble Western Disturbance is affecting northwest India, but there is no moisture in this region. So, we are only expecting thunderstorms in Delhi, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh. The dust storm is a result of heat. There may be thunderstorms in Jammu and Kashmir as well.”

The maximum temperature is likely to drop by 2°-3°C in Delhi, on days when the storm will hit. The wind speed in several parts of northwest India is expected to touch 40-50 kmph on Thursday.

As per the officials, the maximum temperature on Wednesday was 41.7°C.

The meteorological department has also warned that a cyclone is developing to the southeast of Sri Lanka, which will impact parts of Tamil Nadu on April 29 and 30.

IMD said in a bulletin, “A trough of low pressure lies over the equatorial Indian Ocean and adjoining the southeast Bay of Bengal…The low-pressure area is very likely to intensify into a depression during subsequent 36 hours.”

Also, it has been told that the heatwave conditions will continue over Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Vidarbha in Maharashtra for the next three to four days.

IMD said in a bulletin that Squally wind, speed reaching 35-45 kmph gusting to 55 kmph, likely over east Equatorial Indian Ocean & adjoining the southeast Bay of Bengal. Squally weather is very likely over the south Andaman Sea. Fishermen are advised not to venture into these areas. Thunderstorm accompanied with hail, gusty winds (wind speed reaching 30-40 kmph) and lightning at isolated places very likely over Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand. Thunderstorm accompanied with gusty winds (wind speed reaching 30-40 kmph) and lightning at isolated places very likely over Jammu & Kashmir and Assam & Meghalaya.