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Temporary recess from heavy weather for hills of northwest

Vinson Kurian Thiruvananthapuram | Updated on February 10, 2011


Extended weather forecasts by India Meteorological Department (IMD) issued on Thursday morning has retained the outlook for fairly widespread rain or snowfall over the western Himalayan region and scattered rain or thundershowers over the adjoining plains (Punjab, Haryana, Delhi and west Uttar Pradesh).

This is in agreement with the outlook of global peers as well, some of which have put northwest India on notice for continued westerly activity into the last week of this month. This is subject to updates as and when made available.

Currently, a feeble western disturbance is in operation around the international border across the northwest with the core of the system sitting over Pakistan.

This is only a ‘stop-gap’ arrangement put in by the seasonal weather elements in the region ahead of a bigger westerly that is expected to push in by the weekend.

An IMD update said that isolated rainfall or snowfall was reported from the western Himalayan region until Wednesday evening.

Isolated rainfall or thundershowers also occurred towards the east of the country over Sikkim and Assam.

Prevailing western disturbance activity meant that maximum temperatures look up by 2 to 4 deg Celsius over many parts of western Himalayan region, central and east India and the Northeastern States.

Satellite cloud imagery on Thursday morning showed convective (rain-bearing) clouds hanging over south Bay of Bengal.

The easterly wave over the Bay could affect extreme south peninsular India during for two more days.

Minimum and maximum temperatures are likely to fall with the prevailing western disturbance pushes to the east and allows for an interval before the bigger system can push in over the next two days, the IMD said.

Published on February 08, 2011

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