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IMD issues severe weather warning for next four days

LiveMint logoLiveMint 21-04-2017 Prerna Kapoor

New Delhi: The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Friday issued a severe weather warning for the next four days in parts of the country.

According to the Met department, a thunderstorm accompanied with squall and hail is predicted at a few places over Jammu and Kashmir; at isolated places over Himachal Pradesh, Bihar and West Bengal and Sikkim on Saturday.

Similar thunderstorm conditions are also likely at isolated places over Uttarakhand, Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh.

North-eastern states—Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura—will experience heavy to very heavy rainfall, the IMD said.

“Heavy rainfall is very likely at isolated places over Assam and Meghalaya and Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura on 20th and 21st April and heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places on 22nd & 23rd April. The rainfall intensity is likely to decrease thereafter and heavy rain is very likely at isolated places on 24th April 2017,” the IMD statement said.

However, isolated places over Arunachal Pradesh, Assam and Meghalaya are expected to continue experiencing heavy rainfall till 25 April.

“Thunderstorm activity is the peculiarity of the summer season. It occurs severely over the north eastern parts of the country, east, central and parts of the southern peninsula,” said K. Sathi Devi, in-charge of the forecasting division, IMD.

Heat wave conditions are likely to prevail over West Rajasthan, Jharkhand and interior parts of Odisha on Saturday, according to the statement.

Private weather forecaster Skymet on Thursday mentioned on its website, “By April 24, a strong western disturbance will approach which will induce a trough over northwest plains of India. Hence, around April 25 rain and thundershowers can be witnessed at many places over North India. Delhi and NCR may also receive few short spells of rain and thundershowers during that period. With such weather activity in offing, heat wave is likely to bid adieu but hot weather will still be seen.”

The national capital continues to reel under an intense heat wave with the mercury crossing the 44-degree Celsius mark on Thursday.

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