The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a warning saying that several parts in North and Northeast India may witness thundersqualls, high-speed winds up to 60-70 kilometres, hail and lightning Wednesday evening.
The Met advisory said "Thundersquall (wind speed reaching 60-70 kmph) accompanied with hail and lightning at isolated places very likely over East Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh."
The department also issued a weather warning for Northeastern statets as well as Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal, warning of "very likely" thundersqualls (wind speed reaching 60-70 kmph) with lightning at isolated places in these states
Private forecaster Skymet said rain and thunderstorm with strong winds and isolated hailstorm activities are likely to occur over Delhi, Noida, Gurugram, Ghaziabad, Faridabad and some other parts of Haryana on Wednesday evening.
Isolated places over Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, east Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, sub-Himalayan West Bengal, Sikkim, Odisha, Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura, coastal Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala are "very likely" to witness thunderstorm accompanied with gusty winds reaching 40-50 kilometres per hour, the IMD said.
Several parts of north and central India have been witnessing thunderstorms, dust storms, lightning and heavy rains since Sunday.
On Tuesday, unseasonal rains, dust storm and lightning hit several parts of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat, leaving 35 people dead and many others injured, officials said Wednesday.
Madhya Pradesh reported 15 casualties in rain-related incidents, while 10 each were killed in Gujarat and Rajasthan in the overnight rains.
The Met department has attributed the thunderstorm and lightning due to a western disturbance.
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