Thunderstorms to hit Delhi-NCR in next 48 hours; IMD predicts mercury drop


While the National capital recorded its hottest day of the season on Friday, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted mercury drop in the next 48 hours.

According to the latest report, Delhi-NCR and Rajasthan are very likely to witness another spell of thundershowers and dust storms accompanied with gusty winds and squall from Sunday onward.

Several parts of Uttarakhand, Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh may also come under the affected areas.

The upcoming thunderstorms, which is the result of a new western disturbance in the Mediterranean Sea, will hit the northern parts of India along with moderate to heavy rains.

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

The thunderstorm accompanied with squall with wind speed reaching 50-70 kilometres per hour are “very likely” at isolated places over east Uttar Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura, Gangetic West Bengal, Odisha and Jharkhand, it said.

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“Thunderstorm accompanied with gusty winds also very likely at isolated places over Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi, west Uttar Pradesh, Vidarbha, Chhattisgarh, Bihar, Telangana, north coastal Andhra Pradesh, south interior Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Lakshadweep and Kerala,” an Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) advisory said.

Meanwhile, the Southwest Monsoon is expected to hit Kerala on May 28, predicted private weather forecasting agency Skymet.

The monsoon will reach the Andaman and Nicobar Islands on May 20 and is expected to advance further to Sri Lanka and over East Central Bay of Bengal on May 24, Mahesh Palawat, Vice President (Meteorology and Climate Change) of Skymet, said.

However, be it the upcoming Monsoon or thunderstorms, it will give no relief to Vidarbha, parts of Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh.

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