New Delhi: The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) today predicted that heavy rains and thunderstorms are likely to hit the the national capital and its adjoining areas till Saturday. The thunderstorms are likely to peak on Friday afternoon and the wind speed is likely to touch 50 km per hour, the weather department has forecast. Also Read - Coronavirus: Morning Assemblies in Delhi Govt Schools Stopped to Contain Situation, Anganwadis to Remain Closed | Highlights

Following this, an advisory has been issued for Delhiites, asking them to park their vehicles away from trees and hoardings as they may get damaged. Also Read - Coronavirus: India-EU Summit Rescheduled, Schools Closed Till March 31, Cases Rise to 30 | Top 10 Points



“We expect fairly widespread rains over hills of Western Himalayas right from Jammu and Kashmir to Uttarakhand with chances of landslides, mudslides and isolated hailstorm,” Skymet Weather said, adding similar rains and hailstorms are likely over Delhi, Punjab, Haryana, North Rajasthan, Delhi, and multiple parts of West Uttar Pradesh. Also Read - Indian Railways to Run 402 Special Trains For Comfortable Travel of Passengers During Holi Festival

Rains Won’t Impact Coronavirus Spread



Indian Council of Medical Research director general Balram Bhargava said the change in weather will not have any impact on the spread of novel coronavirus.

Speaking to PTI, Bhargava dismissed claims that the virus spreads in low temperature. “There is no relation between decline in temperature and the spread of the virus. The virus does not spread through air but human contact”, he added.

Furthermore, he advised people to take care of themselves against cough and cold with the change in weather.

At least 30 people including 16 Italian tourists have been tested positive for the deadly epidemic in India till now. The figure also includes the first three cases reported from Kerala last month who have already been discharged following recovery.