Dust storm engulfs NCR, flights grounded

New Delhi: A dust storm accompanied by squall on Sunday hit the national capital after a scorching hot morning bringing down the mercury. Flight operations at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport have been put on hold, reported ANI.

In a sudden change of weather, the sky turned cloudy around 4:30 pm and gusty winds swept the city.
The temperature on Sunday was recorded at 30.6 degrees Celsius. The humidity was recorded at 60 per cent at 8:30 am, a Meteorological (Met) department official said. As per the weather office reports the wind speed was recorded between 50 and 70 kmph.

The Met office has forecast light rains will follow the dust storm. The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) had on Saturday predicted Uttarakhand, Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh would witness thunderstorm accompanied by squall.

It had also forecast parts of Rajasthan might see dust storm. Thunderstorm over these hill-states states and its subsequent effect on plains in north Indian is due to a new western disturbance, the IMD had said.

The storm had wreaked havoc across Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan, last week killing more than 100 people, uprooting trees and flattening houses.

“Thunderstorm accompanied with gusty winds are also very likely at isolated places over Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi, west Uttar Pradesh, Vidharbha, Chhattisgarh, Bihar, Telangana, north coastal Andhra Pradesh, south interior Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Lakshadweep and Kerala,” the IMD had said in an advisory.

(With input from PTI and ANI)