Thunderstorm and rains are likely in several areas of Delhi and adjoining NCR on Sunday. According to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), light rain and thundershowers are expected in Faridabad, Ballabhgarh, Khurja, Greater Noida and Bulandshahr, apart from the national capital.
The weather department has also predicted light rain and thundershowers at isolated places in next 48-72 hours in Punjab. Similar predictions have been made for areas in Uttar Pradesh like Meerut, Hapur, Muzaffarnagar and Bijnor.
Even in Himachal Pradesh, IMD official said that rainfall is expected in many regions between May 6 and May 8. Thunderstorm and strong wind warnings have been issued for Shimla, Solan, Hamirpur, Mandi, Kangra and Una districts. The warning was confirmed by IMD Himachal Pradesh director Mangal Singh.
Sunday seems set to bring heatwave conditions back to Vidarbha, after a few days of respite. However, the northernmost pocket of the country - Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand - could face thunderstorms with squalls and even hail on Sunday. Assam and Meghalaya have been slotted for more rain.
Parts of northern India have been reeling under the effect of sudden and heavy bursts of rain combined with very windy conditions. The combination of these factors has claimed the lives of over 120 people and injured over 300, with the majority of cases in Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday approved an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh each for the next of kin of those killed in a dust storm which had hit parts of Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan on Wednesday.
The assistance will be provided from the Prime Minister's National Relief Fund. The PM has also approved Rs 50,000 each for those seriously injured due to the storm.
More than 100 people were killed as the dust storm whipped through parts of Rajasthan, including Dholpur and Bharatpur, and Uttar Pradesh, bringing down houses, uprooting trees and electricity poles and flattening crops.