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Westerly gets in action mode over J&K

VINSON KURIAN Thiruvananthapuram | Updated on February 12, 2011

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Heavy to very heavy rain or snowfall has also been forecast at isolated places over Himachal Pradesh

The ‘active’ western disturbance has started affecting the hills of northwest India with heavy to very heavy rain or snowfall being forecast at a few places over Jammu and Kashmir on next two days from tomorrow (Sunday and Monday).

Heavy to very heavy rain or snowfall has also been forecast at isolated places over Himachal Pradesh during this period. Isolated heavy rain or snowfall would occur over Uttarakhand Sunday.

Satellite pictures showed convective (Rain-bearing) clouds hanging over parts of Jammu and Kashmir, and, in the south, over southwest Bay of Bengal.



Short-term outlook by India Meteorological Department (IMD) valid until Tuesday said that fairly widespread rain or snowfall would occur over the western Himalayan region.

Scattered rain or thundershowers would occur over Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana and Delhi from Sunday onwards.

The rainfall activity would extend further east over west Uttar Pradesh from the next day in line with the movement of the westerly system.

Minimum temperatures are already above normal by 2 to 4 deg Celsius over northwest India, Gujarat and west Madhya Pradesh.

During the 24 hours ending Saturday morning, the lowest minimum temperature of 7.4 deg Celsius recorded at Adampur (Punjab) in the plains of the country.

Minimum temperatures would rise by around 2 deg Celsius over northwest India, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra during the two days and decrease thereafter.

Extended forecast until Thursday said that fairly widespread rain or snowfall would occur over western Himalayan region. It will be scattered rain or thundershowers over the plains in Punjab, Rajasthan, Haryana, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh and isolated over Bihar.



The IMD update said that the ‘active’ western disturbance would affect the western Himalayan region until Wednesday and the plains of northwest India from Sunday to Tuesday and the Gangetic plains on Tuesday and Wednesday.

During the 24 hours ending Saturday morning, scattered light to moderate rain or snow was reported over Jammu and Kashmir and isolated over sub-Himalayan West Bengal, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh.

Published on February 12, 2011

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