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Westerlies throw up ‘low’ across northwest border

VINSON KURIAN Thiruvananthapuram | Updated on February 07, 2011 Published on February 07, 2011

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Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh have received widespread rainfall or snowfall during the past 24 hours ending Monday afternoon, an India Meteorological Department (IMD) weather update said.

It was isolated over Uttarakhand with isolated heavy falls over Jammu and Kashmir.

A warning issued by IMD and valid until Tuesday said that the ‘active’ western disturbance system would continue to cause scattered heavy with isolated very heavy rain or snowfall over Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh.

It would be isolated heavy over Uttarakhand.

Isolated hailstorms and thunder squalls have been forecast for the adjoining plains in Punjab, north Rajasthan, Haryana, Delhi and west Uttar Pradesh.

Meanwhile, the IMD located the active western disturbances lying as a low-pressure area over central Pakistan and adjoining Punjab.

The combined system would continue to affect western Himalayan region and adjoining plains during for three more days, the short-term outlook said.

The cloud formation and convective associated with the low-pressure system have helped raise minimum temperatures overnight by 5 to 8 deg Celsius above normal over many parts of plains of northwest India and adjoining northwest Madhya Pradesh.

As has been forecast by international agencies, the western disturbance activity is far from over in the northwest. IMD has already put up a watch for a fresh western disturbance drifting into the western Himalayan region from the weekend.

‘Kalpana’ satellite cloud imagery of the morning showed convective (rain-bearing) clouds over most parts of western Himalayan region as well in the south over southwest Bay of Bengal and Comorin area where an easterly wave is in operation. Low to medium clouds were seen over parts of Punjab, Haryana, north Rajasthan, west Utter Pradesh and extreme south peninsula India.

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Published on February 07, 2011
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