IMD predicts heavy rains, hailstorms over north India

at 12:19 pm
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New Delhi (NVI): The India Meteorological Department (IMD) today predicted that north India is likely to witness heavy rainfall along with hailstorm for the next two days.

According to IMD’s weather bulletin, the favourable meteorological conditions are likely to persist and continue to cause a moderate to intense wet spell accompanied with thunderstorm and hailstorm at isolated places over northwest India till the night of January 5.

It added that, such seasonal activities will be experienced in the the Western Himalayan region of Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh, Gilgit-Baltistan and Muzaffarabad, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand.

The Met department also said that, after the rains north-northwest winds are likely to set in over the plains of northwest India, causing cold wave to severe cold wave conditions at isolated places in Punjab, Haryana and north Rajasthan from January 7.

IMD further said, a cyclonic flow has formed due to western disturbances in and around Afghanistan. It is expected to move towards Pakistan during the next 48 hours. As a result of the Western Disturbance, low air pressure remains in Southwest Rajasthan.

“Due to these effects, rain or snowfall is forecast in the Western Himalayan region during January 4-6. There may be heavy rain or snowfall in Jammu and Kashmir,” the Met department said. During this period there is also a possibility of hailstorm at some places in the western region of the Himalayas.

Meanwhile, fresh snowfall occurred in Himachal Pradesh and Kashmir, where road and air links were snapped with the rest of the country.

In addition, the Met department predicted heavy to very heavy rains and snowfall in Himachal Pradesh on January 4 and issued a yellow alert. It has also predicted rain in the plains and lower hills till January 5, and snowfall in middle and higher hills of the state till January 6.

Furthermore, Delhi-NCR has been witnessing continuous rains for the last two days and similar weather is expected for a few more days, IMD stated.