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ndian Meteorological Department (IMD) on Thursday, May 16, issued a weather warning forecasting likelihood of thunderstorms lashing large parts of north India, including Delhi-NCR over the next three days.

This follows a dust storm that hit Delhi-NCR area in the early hours of Wednesday, killing one, injuring over a dozen and felling at least 59 trees. The Delhi Police Control Room (PCR) received 78 calls during the storm that started around 3am, said media reports.

According to the warning bulletin for Thursday, “Thunderstorm accompanied with gusty winds (with speed 50-70 kms) very likely at isolated places over Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh.”

Similar weather conditions are forecast for May 17 at isolated places over Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh.

Over the past week, thunderstorms and dust storms have wreaked havoc across northern and eastern parts of the country. Reports suggest that the number of casualties could be anywhere between 80 and 100.

Experts have opined that the freak weather phenomenon is due to a western disturbance that originates in the Mediterranean Sea and brings rainfall to northwestern India.

Western disturbance is a normal phenomenon that can be observed over the western Himalayas and north Indian plains from October to March. However, what is unusual is its occurrence in April-May, several senior IMD scientists were reported as saying.

Here’s the IMD forecast:

16 May (Day 1):

♦  Thunderstorm accompanied with squall very likely at isolated places over Gangetic West Bengal, Odisha, Bihar, Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh.

♦ Thunderstorm accompanied with gusty winds very likely at isolated places over Assam & Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram &  Tripura,  Sub­Himalayan West  Bengal  &  Sikkim,  Haryana,  Chandigarh  &  Delhi,  Punjab,  Jammu  &  Kashmir,  Madhya Pradesh, south Konkan & Goa, Madhya Maharashtra, Marathawada, Vidarbha, Chhattisgarh, Coastal Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Rayalaseema, Karnataka, Tamilnadu, Kerala and Lakshadweep.

♦ Thunderstorm/ Dust storm very likely Rajasthan.

♦ Heat wave conditions very likely over some parts of West Rajasthan and in one or two pockets over East Rajasthan.

♦ Heavy rain at isolated places over Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram & Tripura, Tamilnadu & Puducherry, Kerala, Lakshadweep, Coastal Karnataka and South Interior Karnataka.

17   May   (Day   2):

♦  Thunderstorm accompanied with squall very likely at isolated places over Gangetic West  Bengal and Odisha.

♦  Thunderstorm accompanied with gusty winds very likely at isolated places over Assam & Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram & Tripura, Sub­Himalayan West Bengal & Sikkim, Jharkhand, Bihar, East Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Chandigarh & Delhi, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Coastal Andhra Pradesh, Interior Karnataka, Tamilnadu, Kerala and Lakshadweep.

♦ Thunderstorm/ Dust storm very likely Rajasthan.

♦ Heat wave conditions very likely over some parts of West Rajasthan and in one or two pockets over East Rajasthan.

♦ Heavy rain at isolated places over Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram & Tripura, Kerala and Lakshadweep.

18 May (Day 3):

♦ Thunderstorm accompanied with squall and hail very likely at isolated places over Himachal Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir.

♦ Thunderstorm accompanied with squallvery likely at isolated places over East Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand.

♦ Thunderstorm accompanied with gusty winds very likely at isolated places over Sub­Himalayan West Bengal & Sikkim, West Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Chandigarh & Delhi, Punjab, Interior Karnataka and Kerala.

♦ Thunderstorm/ Dust storm very likely Rajasthan.

♦ Heavy  rain at isolated  places  over  Assam & Meghalaya,  Nagaland,  Manipur, Mizoram &  Tripura  and Sub­Himalayan  West Bengal & Sikkim.

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