Light rain with thunderstorm, gusty winds likely over Delhi-NCR and adjacent areas for the next 2 hours

New Delhi: Vehicles drive through a waterlogged area after heavy rain, on Lodhi Road in New Delhi on Monday, May 23, 2022. High winds accompanied by heavy rain early in the morning brought much-needed respite from the wave of heat in Delhi. | (PTI Photo/Atoul Yadav)

India’s meteorological department on Wednesday warned of light rain with thunderstorm, lightning, gusty winds over Delhi-NCR and adjacent areas over the next 2 hours. Earlier in the day, the weather service said the nation’s capital could witness stormy development and winds blowing up to 30 km/h and the maximum temperature is expected to be around 40 degrees Celsius.

Parts of Delhi may also see thunder activity on Wednesday, which will keep the temperature under control, said Mahesh Palawat, vice president (climate change and meteorology).

A heat wave is unlikely in Delhi for a week, he said. A devastating thunderstorm packing 100 km/h winds hit the nation’s capital on Monday evening, uprooting trees, damaging property, disrupting the internet and power supply and bringing traffic to a screeching halt.

It was the first storm with a wind speed of 100 km/h or more since June 9, 2018, when Palam recorded a wind speed of 104 km/h, a Met Department official said. A moderate thunderstorm hit the city on April 23.

There is a greater chance of sudden development of such powerful thunderstorms in May and June due to high temperatures and high humidity. Such developments cannot be predicted a day or two in advance, an IMD official told PTI.

An east-west trough extends from Haryana to Bangladesh at lower tropospheric levels. Under its influence, parts of Punjab, Haryana, western Uttar Pradesh, eastern Rajasthan and Uttarakhand could witness scattered light rains, the Met office said.

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