Rain, thunderstorms likely in parts of country over next 4 days: IMD

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New Delhi (NVI): Parts of southeast, northwest and western Himalayan region of India are likely to receive widespread rain and experience thunderstorms over the next four days.

According to Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), thunderstorm with lightning, hail and squall (speed reaching 50-60 kmph) is very likely at isolated places of Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh and Delhi today.

Under the influence of intense western disturbance, lightning, hail and gusty winds (speed reaching 30-40 kmph) are very likely today in the regions of Jammu & Kashmir, Ladakh, Gilgit-Baltistan and Muzaffarabad, Himachal Pradesh.

Heavy rainfall very likely tomorrow at isolated places over Uttarakhand, West Bengal, Sikkim, Odisha, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura, Coastal & South Interior Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Karaikal, Kerala, Mahe and Lakshadweep.

A low pressure area is likely to form over southeast Arabian Sea around May 14 and very likely to move north-northwestwards across southeast Arabian Sea and adjoining Lakshadweep area and intensify gradually, IMD said.

It may intensify into a cyclonic storm over east central Arabian Sea around May 16 and continue to move north-northwestwards.

Lakshdweep to receive very heavy falls whereas Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka will witness light to moderate rainfall at most places with heavy falls at isolated places on May 14.

The intensity is likely to further increase and very heavy falls at a few places and extremely heavy falls at isolated places very likely over the regions of Lakshdweep, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka on 15th May, the IMD reported.

On May 16, heavy to very heavy rainfall likely at a few places over Coastal & South Interior Karnataka, isolated places North Interior Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Karaikal, Kerala, Mahe, Lakshadweep and heavy Rainfall at isolated places over Konkan, Goa and Telangana.

Tidal wave of about 1 meter height above the astronomical tide is very likely to inundate low lying areas of Lakshadweep Islands. Fishermen are advised not to venture into these areas.