Thunderstorm hits Delhi: 40 flights diverted, Metro services affected

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The weather office said the wind speed was recorded between 50 and 70 km per hour.

Thunderstorm accompanied with gusty winds very likely at isolated places over Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh & Delhi, West Uttar Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Bihar.

The DMRC also said service between Inderprashtha and Karol Bagh (on the Blue line) were not available from 5.15 pm due to a tree falling on the overhead electricity (OHE) wires of the up section of the line (towards Dwarka) between Rajiv Chowk and RK Ashram.

Meanwhile, the maximum at Safdarjung settled at 42.2 degrees Celsius which is three notches above the normal levels while the minimum settled at 30.6 degrees which is five degrees above the normal levels.

# 07:08 PM: Dust storm lashed Moradabad in Uttar Pradesh.

Weather department forecasts thunderstorms in various states which includes Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and few places of Uttarakhand.

While the maximum temperature in Chandrapur shot up to 47.3 degree Celsius on Friday, mercury may hit 43 degree Celsius with heat waves spread across the National Capital region in mid of May. The Palam observatory recorded a wind speed of 96 kmph, the officer said.

The strong wind crashed through trees and turned the air a murky brown. The dust storm interrupted a programme Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal was to attend in east Delhi's IP Extension. The Kalka-New Delhi Shatabdi Express was also stopped near Sonepat due to uprooting of trees. It seriously disrupted road traffic and Metro services. 10 domestic flights were also diverted to nearby airports.

Flight movements at Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport were put on hold and a Srinagar flight to Delhi was diverted to Amritsar following bad weather conditions.

Currently, a Western Disturbance is over the Western Himalayan region. "The extreme weather not only affected Delhi; Panipat, Jhajjar, Rohtak, Jind in Haryana and parts of Uttar Pradesh", said G P Sharma, President (Meteorology) Skymet, a private weather forecasting agency.

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