IMD forecasts wet spell in northwest, east India from today
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted a wet spell over northwest and east India from today (May 22) to Wednesday.
“Wet spell over northwest & East India during 22nd to 24th (May) with peak intensity on 23rd May over Northwest India and on 23rd & 24th May over East India,” IMD tweeted.
In another tweet, it said, “Isolated thundersquall activity also very likely over Uttarakhand, Punjab, Haryana-Chandigarh-Delhi, West Uttar Pradesh and East Rajasthan on 23rd May, 2022.”
Isolated hailstorms are also likely over Himachal Pradesh, Punjab on Monday and Tuesday, and over Haryana-Chandigarh-Delhi, and Uttar Pradesh on Monday. Isolated heavy rainfall is also likely over Jammu & Kashmir and north Punjab on Monday, it further stated.
As per a Skymet weather report, pre-monsoon rains may become slightly intense over Delhi and the National Capital Region on May 23 and continue until May 24, it said. Thus, temperatures may witness a significant drop over the entire Delhi-NCR, the IMD added, reported PTI.
Wet spell over Northwest & East India during 22nd to 24th with peak intensity on 23rd May over Northwest India and on 23rd & 24th May over East India:-
— India Meteorological Department (@Indiametdept) May 22, 2022
In a press release, the IMD said thundersquall was reported at isolated places over Bihar and Gangetic West Bengal.
It issued rainfall/thunderstorm forecast and warnings, stating that fairly widespread to widespread light/moderate rainfall with isolated thunderstorm/lightning/gusty winds is very likely over Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, and Uttarakhand, and scattered to fairly widespread rainfall activity over Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and isolated rainfall activity over Rajasthan from Sunday to Tuesday with peak rainfall intensity on Monday.
“Isolated thundersquall activity also very likely over Uttarakhand, Punjab, Haryana-Chandigarh-Delhi, west Uttar Pradesh and east Rajasthan on Monday, and isolated hailstorm also likely over Himachal Pradesh, Punjab on Sunday and Monday, over Haryana-Chandigarh-Delhi, Uttar Pradesh on 23rd May 2022. Isolated heavy rainfall also likely over Jammu & Kashmir and north Punjab on 23rd May,” the IMD said.
“Fairly widespread to widespread light/moderate rainfall thunderstorm/lightning very likely
over Arunachal Pradesh, Assam-Meghalaya and Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura and Sub-Himalayan West Bengal and Sikkim during next two days and decrease in rainfall intensity thereafter. Isolated heavy rainfall likely over Assam-Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram & Tripura on 22nd May and over Sub-Himalayan West Bengal & Sikkim on 22nd & 23rd May,” it added.
About the heatwave, the IMD said that heatwave conditions have been abated over the Indian region from 21 May. No heatwave condition is likely to develop over any part of the country during the next 3-4 days.
There will be a drop in maximum temperatures by 3-5 degrees Celsius over many parts of northwest India during the next three days and rise by 2-4 degrees Celsius thereafter. Also, there will be a fall in maximum temperatures by 3-4 degrees Celsius over most parts of central India during the next three days and an increase by 2-3 degrees Celsius thereafter, it said.
IMD issues warning
The IMD said due to a thundersquall with lightning/hail over Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh & Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, and East Rajasthan on Monday, could have an impact on life and properties.
“Strong wind/hail may damage plantation, horticulture, and standing crops. Hail may injure people and cattle in open places. Partial damage to vulnerable structures due to strong winds. Minor damage to kutcha houses/walls and huts. Loose objects may fly,” it warned.
The met department advised the people to stay indoors, close windows and doors and avoid travel if possible.
“Take safe shelters and do not take shelter under trees. Do not lie on concrete floors and do not lean against concrete walls. Unplug electrical/ electronic appliances. Immediately get out of water bodies. Keep away from all the objects that conduct electricity. Farming operations may be suspended during the event,” it said.