New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: In a sudden change of weather, massive dust storm and rains engulfed several parts of the Delhi-NCR on Sunday. With this sudden change in weather, the temperatue fell to 37-degree celsius in the national capital.

This comes a day after the mercury touched the 40.9 degrees celsius mark in the city -- the season's highest so far.

The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) had earlier predicted thunderstorm and gusty winds (30-40 kmph) with rain for Delhi-NCR on Sunday. The temperature may wary from between 38 degrees celsius to 27 degrees celsius on Sunday, the IMD had said.

As per the IMD, rain and thunderstorms are likely to continue for the next 72 hours in the national capital and nearby areas.

Delhi residents on social media shared videos of gusty winds with plumes of dust engulfing the streets. 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.

Parts of Haryana, Chandigarh, Uttarakhand, Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh, Gilgit-Baltistan, Muzaffarabad, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra Telangana will witness light rains and dust storms in the next three days, the IMD said.

As per the IMD, heavy rains and thundershowers are also expected in West Bengal, Sikkim and adjoining North-Eastern states.

"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.

(With agency inputs)

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma