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India daily weather forecast latest, March 11: Wet spell persists over Northeast India with scattered to widespread showers and thunderstorms

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March 10, 2021 | 16:26

The wet spell persisting over Northeast India for the past week is expected to continue for the next 2-3 days, as scattered to widespread showers and thunderstorms have been forecast over the region until Thursday, March 11.

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According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), the lower-level easterly winds are set to interact with the mid-level westerly winds over Northeast India, thereby creating instability and causing precipitation over the region.

This interaction will give rise to fairly widespread to widespread rainfall over Arunachal Pradesh from Tuesday to Thursday, and scattered rainfall over Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Furthermore, isolated thunderstorms, lightning and gusty winds are also on the cards across the entire region over the next three days.

In view of these predictions, the IMD has issued a yellow watch over the entire region from Tuesday to Thursday, with the advisory urging residents to ‘be aware’ of their local weather situation and seek protection if necessary.

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Children travel to school amid rainfall in Chandigarh. (Balish Ahuja/TOI, Chandigarh, BCCL)

However, these wet conditions are unlikely to have an impact on the region’s mercury levels, as the IMD expected no significant change in the maximum temperatures across the country for the next five days.

According to Hindustan Times, the weather may affect the highways on the Banihal-Ramban stretch and at Zojila as the precipitation was likely to cause landslides and snow slides.

The weather office on Tuesday predicted erratic weather in Jammu and Kashmir for the next week and urged farmers to avoid spraying during the period. Sonam Lotus, director of the meteorological department said that weather will remain erratic till March 15.

“We expect intermittent rain with thunderstorm and snow over higher reaches mainly during March 11 to 13,” he said

Lotus said that the weather may affect highways on the Banihal-Ramban stretch and in Zojila s as the precipitation was likely to cause landslides and snow slides. He also urged farmers to suspend their operations for the time being.

“Farmers are advised to avoid spraying orchards and other farm operations till March 15,” he said.

Rain and snow have lashed parts of Kashmir valley intermittently since Sunday improving the night temperatures but bringing down the mercury during the day.

“Gulmarg recorded 37 cm snow in the past 24 hours,” meteorologist Mohammad Hussain Mir said on Tuesday morning."

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Photo: IMD

5-Day Nationwide Weather Forecast

According to Weather.com, a Western Disturbance lies over north Pakistan, with an induced cyclonic circulation located over West Rajasthan and neighbourhood in lower tropospheric levels. Under the influence of these systems, scattered to fairly widespread rainfall/snowfall with isolated thunderstorms and lightning are expected over the Western Himalayan region (WHR). Further, isolated rainfall activity is possible over Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi, West Rajasthan and West Uttar Pradesh on March 10.

Under the influence of two fresh Western Disturbances in quick succession, scattered to widespread rainfall/snowfall with isolated thunderstorms, lightning and hail are on the cards for the WHR during March 11-13, with isolated heavy falls expected over Jammu & Kashmir, Ladakh, Gilgit-Baltistan & Muzaffarabad on March 11-12, and over Himachal Pradesh on March 12. Isolated rainfall with thunderstorms, lightning and hail have also been forecast over the plains of Northwest India on March 11-12.

Further, due to the confluence between easterlies and westerlies, along with the trough/wind discontinuity at lower levels, isolated rainfall with thunderstorms and lightning have been predicted over Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, and Vidarbha during March 11-13, and over Jharkhand and Bihar during March 12-13. Isolated hailstorms are also likely over Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh on March 12.

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Photo: Weather Online

As for the mercury levels, maximum temperatures will be 2-5°C above normal over most parts of Northwest, West, Central and adjoining East India, and below normal or near-normal over most parts of the rest of the country in this forecast period. No significant change in maximum temperatures over the country is expected during the next 24 hours, but there may be a fall of 2-4°C over Northwest and Central India thereafter. Hence, no heatwave conditions have been forecast across the country during the next five days.

Regional Forecast

Isolated thunderstorms are possible in the northwest, northeast & south end of the subcontinent. Maximum temperature of 40 degree Celsius or more is possible over some plain areas inland from the Konkan Coast such as east & southeast of Mumbai (Kalyan, Mahad, Chiplun & Rajapur) in Maharashtra.

In the morning, dense fog is possible in several parts of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka & Tamil Nadu, also in southwestern Gujarat.

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