It looks like overcast skies are here to stay. After several parts of India witnessed severe weather conditions in the last few days, which even killed over 50 people, the Indian Meteorological Department has issued a fresh thunderstorm alert in the Delhi-NCR region.
Additionally, the IMD has said that places such as Jind, Rohtak, Panipat, Alwar, Bagpat, Meerut and Aligarh may also receive light rain and see a few thunderstorms, reported ANI. This warning has been issued for the next three days.
"The sky will be generally cloudy with the possibility of light rains or drizzle," the Indian Express quoted an IMD official as saying.
The weather department has also issued an alert for the north-east region, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh and said these areas may receive heavy rainfall in the next 72 hours. Coastal Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Karnataka and Kerala have also been warned of strong winds, along with several other regions.
"Thunderstorm accompanied with gusty winds are also very likely at isolated places over Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi, west Uttar Pradesh, Vidarbha, Chhattisgarh, Bihar, Telangana, north coastal Andhra Pradesh, south interior Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Lakshadweep and Kerala," the IMD advisory added.
New Delhi woke up to strong winds accompanied by dust Wednesday, May 16, and the weather is likely to remain the same for a while.
The high-velocity winds resulted in several trees being uprooted and also brought down many electric poles causing power outages in the capital city.
Meanwhile, Skymet weather too has similar forecast and has warned several regions in India of severe weather conditions.
The latest IMD warning comes days after at least 50 people were killed and cities witnessed a trail of destruction. The northern state of UP received heavy rains, thunderstorms and hail, which killed about 18 people, reported the Press Trust of India. About 12 residents of West Bengal, including four children, lost their lives and Andhra Pradesh lost nine of its residents. Two deaths were also reported in Delhi and several other deaths were reported across India.
The Delhi-NCR region and Uttar Pradesh saw quite some disruption with the metro trains being temporarily terminated and airport runways being shut down due to the severe weather conditions. The blue line of the Delhi metro was cut off after a tree fell on an overhead equipment cable.
Hundreds of flyers traveling to and from Delhi also faced difficulties after runways of the Indira Gandhi International Airport were shut down for a while. Several flights were canceled, delayed or diverted, and airlines kept their passengers updated via text messages and their social media handles.