Delhi schools in Tuesday afternoon shift to shut, advisory issued

IMD forecasts thunderstorm, squall in north India on Tuesday

IMD issues thunderstorm warning in northern and eastern India

The Met department has warned that thunderstorms and squalls with a wind speed of up to 70 kmph are "very likely" in Uttarakhand and parts of eastern India on Wednesday, signalling that the freak weather phenomenon over northern India has moved eastward.

The weather department has predicted thunderstorm and rain on May 7 and May 8 and sounded high alert.

Adhering to this warning, the Delhi Government has closed all evening schools today as a precautionary measure and the Department of Education has issued a circular for the same. The IMD said that "under the influence of a western disturbance, a cyclonic circulation over Haryana and a west-east tough from northwest Rajasthan to central Madhya Pradesh in lower levels" will bring light to moderate rainfall in north India.

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The warning issued by IMD said that the thunderstorm is likely to hit northern states and Union Territories in the country.

All evening schools will remain shut in Delhi, while Haryana has already announced 2-day holiday for schools.

"Haryana weather department has issued a high alert for two days and they will give the exact updates of three hours in advance before any major alert and we will keep on informing about the weather and their alerts".

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After yesterday's storm in Delhi, likelihood of severe weather has reduced. In Rajasthan, a dust storm hit places in Jodhpur and Bikaner divisions and isolated areas in Jaipur, Ajmer and Kota regions.

The Delhi government held a high-level meeting chaired by Delhi Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash to review the preparedness in the wake of the warning.

"If the wind speed is reported in the range of 70-90 kmph then train movement will remain normal, but trains will enter with a restricted speed of 40 kmph or less, at platforms on elevated sections of the network".

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