Authorities have warned of "extreme rain" and flooding if the storm makes landfall by early Saturday as the first Atlantic hurricane of 2019.
British Airways has grounded at least 40 arrivals and departures, almost all of them at Heathrow – where it cancelled more than 100 flights on Friday. At Gatwick, easyJet has so far grounded at least 10 arrivals and departures, adding to the backlog after dozens were cancelled on Friday.
The National Centre of Meteorology, NCM, has warned sea-goers of rough seas in the Arabian Gulf as a result of fresh northwesterly winds. In a statement, the Centre said that wind speeds could reach up to 45 km/hr,
Torrential rain damaged cars, garages, basements, attics, stores, roads and factories and interrupted railway services, the regional government said in a statement.
The severe heat, which forecasters say will only last a few days but will be exceptionally intense, is expected to affect northern France and parts of Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands.
Authorities warned of heavy rain and possible tornadoes throughout Saturday as major storm Barry buffeted Louisiana, though there were few indications of widespread flooding.
The rain was preceded by strong winds laden with dust, accompanied by lightning and thunder, as well as hailstone.
Mumbai which is the financial capital of India has been flooded with rainwater causing disruption for commuters.
After a week's lull, monsoon revived with full force in Mumbai, coastal Konkan and other parts of Maharashtra, disrupting normal life, here on Wednesday.