Dust storm hits Delhi, NCR, warning issued as schools to remain shut

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According to the alert, these places will witness "loud peals of thunder with frequent lightening flashes. with moderate to heavy spell of rain and maximum wind speed of 29 to 74 kilometers per hour". As per weather department, the thunderstorm was triggered by high temperatures in northern India, western disturbance over north Pakistan and adjoining Jammu and Kashmir and winds from the Bay of Bengal, resulting in a cyclonic circulation over Haryana which affected the neighbouring states. Delhi government has announced that all evening schools across the national capital will remain closed.

The Meteorological Department has issued dust storm warning with light rains in Alwar, Bundi, Chittorgarh, Dausa, Dholpur and Jaipur. The weather department has also forecast thunderstorm at isolated places over Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand. "No train will enter platforms with a speed of more than 15 kmph", a metro official told PTI.

A severe storm, accompanied by hail and rain, hit Shimla and other parts of Himachal Pradesh, while the higher reaches of the state experienced snowfall. Schools will also be closed in parts of Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan.

Hailstorm is also likely at isolated places over Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand during the same period.

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The states have been hit by severe thunderstorms and dust storms, leading to the closure of government and private schools in the region. However, the national capital might have spell of strong winds up to 70 Kmph, it said.

The Delhi government held a high-level meeting chaired by Delhi Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash to review the preparedness in the wake of the warning. Heavy rain is likely on Tuesday over Tamil Nadu, Kerala and south Karnataka, it said.

In the thunderstorm last week, at least 124 people died and more than 300 were injured in northern states.

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