New Delhi, Jun 9: Dust storm accompanied with thunderstorm, light rain and squall hit Delhi and NCR (National Capital Region) on Saturday evening bringing respite from the scorching heat. The temperature in the national capital dropped down by several notches and transportation and other services were disrupted in several parts. On the other hand, flight operations, to and fro Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA), were also affected. In total 27 flights were diverted due to thunderstorm and rain between 5 PM to 6 PM, news agency ANI reported.

The dust storm was so fierce that around 5 PM skies turned black. Delhi’s RK Puram, Akbar Road, Chhatarpur and Dwarka area among others witnessed the impact of the sudden change in weather. No damage to property or human life due to strong winds and dust storm was reported immediately from anywhere in Delhi or its suburbs. Rains dropped the temperature to 34 degrees Celsius, six degrees less than the maximum recorded on Friday, according to private weather forecaster Skymet.

Friday’s maximum temperature settled at 40.5 degrees, the season’s average, while the minimum was recorded at 32 degrees, four notches above the season’s average. The humidity was recorded at 73 per cent at 8.30 a.m.

Meanwhile, an official at the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has claimed that rain, thundershowers along with strong winds are expected on Sunday as well in Delhi.

Earlier in the day, the IMD had issued an advisory about the same. “Dust storm/ Thunder storm accompanied with light rain and squall with wind speed upto 70 to 80 KMPH would occur over Delhi and NCR during next 3 hours,” the advisory read.

The Skymet Weather had on June 7 stated that a trough is likely to form from Punjab to West Uttar Pradesh across Delhi by Friday in the wake of which, dust storm and thundershowers are likely to commence once again over Delhi and its surrounding Noida, Gurugram, Ghaziabad, and Faridabad around June 9.


Thunderstorm in May

Dust storm claimed 124 lives and injured more than 300 people in five states, earlier in May. The maximum casualty was reported from Uttar Pradesh where dust storm had claimed 73 lives. A total of 35 people were killed in Rajasthan, while eight were killed in Telangana, two people were killed in Punjab and six people succumbed to death in Uttarakhand due to a thunderstorm.