National Capital Wakes Up With Cloudy Sky, Likely To Get Thundersquall


New Delhi: The national capital woke up to a cloudy morning on Tuesday with predictions of rain and thunderstorm, a Met official said.

The minimum temperature was recorded at 25.8 degrees Celsius and the maximum temperature was likely to hover around 41 degrees Celsius.

With the India Meteorological Department issuing thunderstorm and rain warning for several states on Tuesday, schools have been ordered shut in most parts of north India. The Delhi government has closed all evening schools on this day as a precautionary measure and the Department of Education has issued a circular for the same. Delhi, Haryana and some other areas in northern India were hit by a dust storm on Monday night – the storm started after 11:00 pm.

Parts of Jammu and Kashmir, Delhi, Haryana, Chandigarh, Uttar Pradesh, Sikkim, West Bengal, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand are likely to be hit by thunderstorms today, the IMD has said. Last week, at least 124 people died and more than 300 were injured when dust storms hit five states, including Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan.

Governments have advised people to stay indoors during the storm. For the commuters, the Delhi Police has issued an advisory saying that they should avoid travelling when high-velocity winds are blowing. They should take shelter under concrete structures and not under trees and near electricity poles during the storm when out on the streets.