New Delhi, June 2: A dust storm, accompanied with a thunderstorm, is likely to hit Delhi on Saturday, Indian Meteorological Department (MeT) predicted. A dust storm hit Delhi, Noida, Gurgaon, and Ghaziabad on Friday bringing respite from the sweltering heat. The temperature in Delhi dropped from 42 degree Celsius to 35 degree Celsius. Several regions in Delhi-NCR also received rains yesterday.

The minimum temperature was recorded at 26.6 degrees Celsius, one notch below the normal, the Meteorological (MeT) Department told PTI. MeT added that a dust storm and thunderstorm has been forecast for Saturday as well. “The sky was mainly clear in the morning. However, there is a possibility of dust storms and thunderstorms towards the afternoon and evening,” an India Meteorological Department official forecast for the National Capital Region told PTI.

The temperature recorded in other weather stations were — Palam (25.4 degrees Celsius), Lodhi Road (24.7), Ayanagar (25) and Ridge (25).

15 Killed as Thunderstorm Hit North India 

On June 1, at least 15 people died and nine got injured in the thunderstorm that hit northern India on Friday evening. The deaths were reported from across Moradabad, Muzaffarnagar, Meerut, Amroha and Sambhal districts. There were reports of trees being uprooted and electricity snapped across India. Due to bad weather, flights also had to be diverted. Airlines such as Jet Airways and Vistara took to Twitter to announce delays in arrivals and departures due to air-traffic congestion in Delhi due to the adverse weather.

Thunderstorm in May

It is to be noted that 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 thunderstorm.