The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Tuesday forecasted a fresh spell of thunderstorms, hailstorms, and rainfall activity over northwest India from March 23 to 25 and central and adjoining eastern India from March 24 to 25.
MET’s latest bulletin
In its latest bulletin, the MET department predicted light to moderate rainfall with thunderstorms over the western Himalayan region, as well as Punjab, Haryana, parts of Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh on Thursday and Friday.
Coming down to the South, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, parts of Tamil Nadu and Kerala will experience scattered rainfall during the same days.
Central India will see a gradual rise in maximum temperature by 2 to 3 degrees in the next two days, IMD said.
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i) Thunderstorm with hailstorm activity over east India on 21st March, 2023 and significant reduction thereafter.
ii) Fresh spell of rainfall/thunderstorm/hailstorm activity over Northwest India during 23rd-25th March and Central and adjoining eastern India during 24th-25th Mar pic.twitter.com/vyYuh7GT1o
— India Meteorological Department (@Indiametdept) March 21, 2023
Comes after Delhi saw heavy rains on Monday
This comes after the national capital saw heavy rains and strong wind on Monday. This weather pattern follows a record heat wave in February, creating a warm land surface that, according to meteorologists, is linked to the onset of pre-monsoon thunderstorm activity.
“Convective clouds develop when there is heating. During February we saw temperatures that are over 5 to 6 degrees C above normal over most parts. The soil was very dry and hot which creates a triggering mechanism. Over the head Bay of Bengal and Central Arabian Sea, two anti-cyclones formed, which brought in a lot of moisture. Plus, other low-level cyclonic circulations formed and a western disturbance also impacted the Western Himalayas,” explained M Mohapatra, director general, IMD.
Heatwaves predicted too
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecasted an increased probability of heatwaves ready to push mercury to record highs in April and May.
But another large worry is the return of El Nino – a global ocean phenomenon linked to a below-par monsoon.
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