IMD predicts rain, thunderstorms over central and south India

at 1:31 pm
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New Delhi (NVI): The India Meteorological Department (IMD) today predicted that Central and South India are expected to experience rainfall along with lighting and thunderstorms for the next 24 hours.

According to the IMD’s weather bulletin, “There is a strong wind discontinuity in the lower levels over central India with moisture inflow from the Bay of Bengal. It is likely to move southwestward and persist during the next 24 hours.”

Under its influence, light to moderate rainfall is possible at isolated places of Vidarbha, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Maharashtra, Marathwada, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Karaikal, Kerala, Mahe and interior Karnataka in the next 24 hours.

The Met department said that these regions are also likely to experience isolated thunderstorms and lightning along with rain during the same period.

Meanwhile, dense fog can be seen in some pockets of Punjab in the morning hours of Saturday. “Dense fog is also expected in isolated pockets Haryana, Chandigarh and Delhi in the morning hours of February 20.” IMD’s bulletin said.

It added that in northeast India, Arunachal Pradesh is likely to experience isolated snow due to the presence of feeble but persistent cyclonic circulation until Saturday.

Furthermore, the IMD forecast that a fresh western disturbance will impact the western Himalayan region from February 21 starting with isolated snow in Ladakh (UT).

“Adjoining Jammu and Kashmir will also receive snow or rain from February 21. This event is forecast to continue until the middle of the next week with some increase in intensity,” it added.

The Met department further said that maximum temperatures will be 4 to 8 degrees Celsius below than normal across much of Maharashtra and Telangana today, while south Andhra Pradesh will also see lower maximums this weekend.

Apart from this, the higher maximum temperatures are likely across north India during this forecast period and warmer night temperatures are expected to continue over the plains of north India during the next 3-4 days, IMD said.

“Also, minimum temperatures will be warmer than normal across much of the country during this forecast period,” it added.

-RJV