New Delhi, June 13: Massive dust storm followed by showers in parts of Northern plains brought down the mercury by several notches on Saturday providing respite to people from blistering heat wave.
An abrupt change of weather was witnessed this afternoon as dust storm hit the national capital and neighbouring states affecting visibility.
The strong dust storm, with wind gusts upto 84 km/hr, accompanied by rains swept across the city bringing the temperatures down. The Meteorological Department has recorded 4.8 mm of rain so far.
MeT Department officials said: “Temperatures came down below the 40 degrees Celsius mark as maximum temperature settled at 39.7 degrees Celsius, which is one notch above season’s average. Minimum temperature during the day was recorded at 29.0 degrees Celsius.”
The MeT Department has forecast pleasant weather in the city for the next couple of days. “It will be a partly cloudy sky with spells of light rain and thunderstorm in some part of the city,” officials said.
The maximum and minimum temperatures are expected to be around 38 and 29 degrees Celsius respectively tomorrow.
Reports of a tree being uprooted and power lines getting snapped in some areas of the national capital were also received.
Strong winds and rains affected the flight schedule as 16 flights were diverted between 2:30 pm to 4 pm due to bad weather. Airport official said it included 13 domestic and three international flights.
Due to rains, several areas of Delhi-NCR had to face water-logging problem and the traffic remained slow.
A Delhi Police officer was injured in a tree collapse incident during the dust storm in Hauz Khaz area of the city.
Haryana and Punjab were also hit by dust storm followed by light rains.
According to Meteorological department in Chandigarh, the dust storm hit Gurgaon, Faridabad, Mahendergarh, Rohtak, Ambala and Panchkula in Haryana. In Punjab, Mohali, Ropar and Amritsar were among other places to be hit by dust storm.
Power supply was disrupted for a while in Chandigarh after the dust storm. Later, the city received light rains providing relief to the residents from the hot weather conditions.
In the east, at least three labourers were killed in lightning in Odisha’s Ganjam district. While in the west, monsoon arrived in south Gujarat and several areas of the state were lashed by rains.
Telangana also received showers after bearing the brunt of heat wave which claimed scores of lives in the state and also in neighbouring Andhra Pradesh.
MeT officials said that the current change in weather was caused by an Upper Air Cyclonic Circulation which was active over west Uttar Pradesh and adjoining Haryana and Uttarakhand.
(With PTI Inputs)