Violent dust storm, rain hit New Delhi; flights cancelled

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The weather office has said thundershowers accompanied with squall, with wind speed reaching 50-70 kmph, are "very likely" at isolated places over Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Gangetic West Bengal, Jharkhand, Bihar and Odisha. Thousands of commuters were stuck on the winding and busy Blue Line, which links Dwarka in northwest Delhi to Noida and Vaishali in Uttar Pradesh, for nearly 45 minutes. The disruption was caused after a tree fell on the tracks of the route between Rajiv Chowk to RK Ashram metro stations.

When the Metro services finally resumed after around two hours, the trains plied at halting speed.

In its forecast, the department said rain and thunderstorm are very likely at a few places over western Uttar Pradesh and at many places over eastern parts of the state.

Dust storm along with strong winds and rain lashed Delhi-NCR on Sunday. The bad weather conditions have prompted authorities to put in place various emergency measures such as part-closure of schools and cancelling leave of civic officials.

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Similar weather conditions were reported from nearby areas such as Faridabad, Gurugram, Noida and Ghaziabad. Vistara's Srinagar flight to Delhi has been diverted to Amritsar following bad weather conditions. He adds that despite dust storm in Dehradoon and its adjoining areas Chardham yatra is continuing.

Skies turned dark in Delhi on Sunday (May 13) and a sudden dust storm accompanied by lightning struck the city, bringing temperature several notches down.

In its latest forecast, the department has also predicted an increase in maximum temperatures by at least 3 degrees Celsius during the next 2-3 days, due to north-westerly winds prevailing over the region.

However, be it the upcoming Monsoon or high-velocity duststorms, it will give no relief to people in Vidarbha, parts of Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh.