New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: In a sudden change of weather, massive dust storm, hailstorm and heavy rain engulfed several parts of the Delhi-NCR on Thursday evening.

With this sudden change in the weather, the mercury plummted by several notches. There are also reports of trees being uprooted in several areas in Delhi due to strong winds. As per the weather department, Delhi on Thursday recorded a maximum temperature of 39 degree Celsius and a minimum of 24 degrees. 

According to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), Delhi, Punjab, Haryana, some areas of Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chandigarh will likely witness thunderstorms, lightning and hailstorm in the next two-three days.

"Duststorm/thunderstorm with rain/hail and gusty winds of the speed of 40-60 mph would occur over and adjoining areas of Karnal, Panipat, Gohana, Gannaur, Sonipat, Bagpat, Baraud, Shamli, Meerut and many places of Delhi and adjoining NCR (Gurugram, Faridabad, Noida, Greater Noida, Ghaziabad) during next two hours," said the Regional Weather Forcasting Centre (RWFC) New Delhi.

Several people on social media shared videos of gusty winds with plumes of dust engulfing the streets.

On Sunday too, heavy rains and thunderstorms had lashed the national capital and parts of NCR. Kuldeep Srivastava, the head of the regional forecasting centre of the IMD, said it was a result of a fresh western disturbance. Winds gusting up to 70 kilometers per hour swept across the national capital accompanied by light rains, he said. 

"The Western Disturbance likely to move further northeast wards and interact with the low level circulation and easterlies over northwestern parts of India causing increase of moisture incursion in the region," the IMD had said in its bulletin.

"Convergence of moist southwesterly winds in the lower levels aided by favourable upper level wind pattern is likely to cause scattered to fairly widespread rain/thundershowers over Northeast India," it added.

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma