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Central, Peninsular India may stay cooler this week

Vinson Kurian Thiruvananthapuram | Updated on February 26, 2021

Stray thunderstorms flare up over parts of Kerala

Most parts of West, Central and Peninsular India will see day temperatures reigning cooler than usual during the week starting on Friday while East India, the East Coast and the entire North India may witness above normal temperatures, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Friday.

European model sees better spread of thundershowers

Temperatures over most parts of the country have started to rise even as winter draws to a close and ahead of the start of the spring/summer from March 1. This trend will continue until Sunday before minimum temperatures (night) start to fall over North-West and Central India and Gujarat next week.

Light to moderate rain 

Stray thunderstorms flared up over Kerala generating sharp showers, while Kodagu in South Interior Karnataka received very light rainfall during the 24 hours ending on Friday morning. The main centres recording rainfall (in cm, all in Kerala) are Myladumpara and Ambalavayal-3 each; Kuppady, Thodupuzha and Punalur-1 each.

Dry weather prevailed over Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Karaikal, Mahe, Lakshadweep, Coastal Karnataka, North Interior Karnataka, Coastal Andhra Pradesh, Yanam, Rayalaseema and Telangana, the IMD said. Not much change in weather is expected over these areas into the next week either.

Western disturbance influence

Meanwhile, western disturbances may temporarily cease activity over North-West India's hills and deny the region associated clouds, thunderstorms, lightning, and hailstorms. Clearing up the skies in this manner would bring in the cooler and denser Arctic air and bring the night mercury level down.

A prevailing western disturbance as a cyclonic circulation lay parked over East Afghanistan and induced cyclonic circulation over North Pakistan and adjoining West Rajasthan. It will cause reasonably widespread to widespread rainfall/snowfall over Jammu, Kashmir, Ladakh and Himachal Pradesh for the next two days; and isolated to scattered over Uttarakhand during the next three days.

Isolated hailstorms forecast

Isolated thunderstorm/lighting may strike Jammu, Kashmir, Ladakh, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand on Saturday. The next bout of rainfall/snowfall would be from Wednesday to Friday next when a fresh western disturbance brings isolated to scattered rainfall/snowfall and send isolated to scattered rainfall/thunderstorms to parts of North-East India.

In South and West India, maximum temperatures (day) are likely to trend lower during the week from Friday. North and East India, as well as the East Coast, may stay warmer. An IMD Outlook until March 25 shows mercury trending up along the West Coast while West Madhya Pradesh, Central Maharashtra, Telangana, and Tamil Nadu and Karnataka may remain cooler.



Published on February 26, 2021

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