The Delhi government on Monday chose to close all evening schools tomorrow following the weather department's warning about heavy rains and thunderstorm. Then, on Tuesday morning, Shimla was hit by a heavy hailstorm and high mountains of Himachal Pradesh received fresh snowfall.
A high-intensity dust storm engulfed Delhi-NCR region on Monday night, leaving trees unearthed at several locations.
Haryana had announced on Sunday that schools would remain shut until Tuesday. Places adjoining Delhi, such as Gurugram, Noida, Rohtak, Bhiwani, Jhajjar, Gurugram, Bagpat, Meerut and Ghaziabad also experienced the dust storm, ANI reported. There was an IMD alert, issued on Monday, of "a cyclonic circulation over Haryana", saying it will bring light to moderate rainfall in north India.
Meanwhile, severe dust storm has hit Jhunjunu and Sikar districts of Rajasthan. "Normal movement of trains will be restored once the wind speed is less then 85kmph for continuous five minutes", the DMRC said.
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In an advisory, the department said thunderstorms with gusty winds are "very likely" in parts of Himachal Pradesh, east Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Jharkhand.
The Haryana government has cancelled leave of all officials in civic bodies across the state, in view of the IMD alert of thunderstorm and squall. It has asked people to keep children inside home or shelter.
Effects are expected to be seen in isolated places over Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh and Delhi and western Uttar Pradesh in the next 48 hours.
In the thunderstorm last week, at least 124 people died and more than 300 were injured in northern states.