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Business News/ News / India/  Delhi to witness downpour today: IMD

Delhi-NCR is likely to experience thunderstorm accompanied with gusty winds of 70-80 kmph, lighting and light-moderate spell of rain till 8 pm today, the India Meteorological Department said. 

This is due to a thunder cell moving from northeast Rajasthan towards north Haryana and adjoining northwest Uttar Pradesh across Delhi-NCR, according to IMD. 

Thunderstorm with moderate rain and gusty winds with speed of 50-70 Km/h would occur over and adjoining areas of Delhi, including Bahadurgarh, Chhapraula, Noida, Dadri, Gurugram, Faridabad, Manesar, Ballabhgarh, Gohana, Sonipat, Rohtak, Kharkhoda, Mattanhail, Jhajjar, Farukhnagar, Kosali, Sohana, Nuh of Haryana and Sikandrabad of Uttar Pradesh and Bhiwari in Rajasthan. Light to moderate intensity rain and gusty winds with speed of 40-60 Km/h would occur over and adjoining areas of Kaithal, Narwana, Rajaund, Assandh, Safidon, Barwala, Jind, Hissar, Hansi, Meham, Tosham, Bhiwani in Haryana during next one hour, according to the weather bureau. 

Amid the weather forecast, IMD has asked people to stay indoors, close windows, doors and avoid travel. It has warned of traffic congestion and slippery roads due to the rainfall. It has further warned to not lie on concrete floors and lean against concrete walls, and asked people to get out of water bodies at the earliest.  

The downpour may Damage plantation, horticulture and standing crops, the weather department said in its impact expected advisory. 

During the day, IMD said Delhi's primary weather station, the Safdarjung Observatory, has not recorded any heatwave in the pre-monsoon season for the first time since 2014. 

A few isolated areas, however, witnessed heatwave conditions for a brief period in April and May, PTI reported quoting officials. 

May typically is the hottest month in Delhi with a maximum temperature of 39.5°C. Maximum temperature in Delhi crossed the 40°c mark for just nine days in May with heatwave conditions affecting some parts for two days. The city in May has recorded below-normal temperatures and excess rain this time due to more than usual western disturbances in the pre-monsoon season (March to May). 

Western disturbances are weather systems that originate in the Mediterranean region and bring unseasonal rain to northwest India.

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Puja Das
Puja Das is a New Delhi based policy reporter covering food, farm, fertiliser, water, and climate policies for Mint. Puja reports on farmers' distress and how the agriculture sector is impacting India's rural economy and policy initiatives to help meet the pledges made at COP27. Puja holds a post-graduation degree in Broadcast Journalism from the Indian Institute of Journalism & New Media, Bangalore.
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Updated: 30 May 2023, 07:44 PM IST
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