Sudden dust storm hits Delhi, NCR; 40 flights diverted

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The storm also hit New Delhi and parts of northern Himachal Pradesh and western Rajasthan states, but with weaker winds and no immediate reports of casualties.

Almost 50 flights were affected after operations at Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport came to a halt for almost 40 minutes due to a storm in the national capital on Sunday.

Western disturbance originates in the Mediterranean Sea that brings sudden rains to northwestern parts of India. People are leaving the metro as it has not been moving since last half an hour.

# 05:38 PM: 10 flight diversions at Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport so far due to bad weather conditions.

Delhi Metro services were also affected at several stations on the Violet and Blue lines after trees fell on overhead electricity (OHE) wires. The movement has now resumed.

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Meanwhile, the weather office has warned that thunderstorm and dust storm with wind speeds of up to 70 km per hour were "very likely" on May 14 in 26 districts of Uttar Pradesh.

There are chances that Chhattisgarh, East Madhya Pradesh, Vidarbha, South Madhya Maharashtra might face thundershowers and dust storm. Airline Vistara's Srinagar-Delhi flight was diverted to Amritsar following bad weather conditions in Delhi-NCR. South-easterly and easterly winds are creating moisture and high temperature in the region which caused the formation of thunder clouds. Traffic came to a crawl at several areas in Delhi as the strong wind picked up dust and swirled them around, reducing visibility. Visuals from Delhi's Vijay Chowk.

In a sudden change of weather, the sky turned cloudy around 4:30 pm and gusty winds swept the city.

Moreover, the Southwest Monsoon is expected to hit Kerala on May 28, predicted private weather forecasting agency Skymet.

Yesterday, the maximum settled at a whopping 43.2 degrees Celsius at the Palam observatory with the minimums today being recorded at 28.8 degrees, both three degrees above the normal levels.

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