After days of warning, a heavy dust storm and rain hit the national capital today evening.
Two people died and 18 others were injured in Delhi, while 11 people lost their lives and 34 got injured due to the dust storm in different regions of Uttar Pradesh, including Kannauj, Aligarh, Kasganj, Sambhal, Bulandshahr, Ghaziabad, Greater Noida, Auraiya and Sambhal.
At least 12 people were killed by lightning in the Howrah, Western Midnapore and North Pargana districts of West Bengal state, the agency said.
The deadly storm also hit West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh killing sixteen people, including four children.
In Faridabad, more than 100 trees and 40 electric poles were uprooted, and over 10 people were injured in the storm.
More than 40 flight were diverted from Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport as bad weather conditions continue in the region, said the latest report by ANI. Global flights from Katmandu, Riyadh, Colombo, Jeddah, Kabul were delayed. Four flights were cancelled.
As the storm blew at a highest speed of 70 km per hour, the mercury crashed from 39 degrees Celsius at 4 p.m.to 25 degrees half hour later, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) told IANS.
"Thunderstorms will also hit the South, but they won't be as strong", said M Mohapatra, head of services, IMD.
In Pandav Nagar area in east Delhi, Sonwati, 56, died after a tree fell on her, police added.
The Met official said that Sunday morning was the hottest of the season, with minimum temperature recorded at 30.6 degrees Celsius, five notches above the season's average.
According to the India Meteorological Department, thunderstorms also occurred at isolated places in Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, Assam, Meghalaya, Maharashtara, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu today.
There were minor disruptions in power supply in Wazirpur and Bawana areas, but it was restored immediately, TPDDL said.
Thunderstorm over these hill-states states and its subsequent effect on plains in north Indian is due to a new western disturbance, the IMD had said.
Normal services on this section was restored at 7:37 pm, it said.
When the Metro services finally resumed after around two hours, the trains plied at halting speed. There is no problem anywhere in the network, the DMRC said in the statement.