IMD Predicts Relief from Heatwave as Rainfall and Thunderstorms Sweep Across Parts of India


In a much-needed respite from scorching heatwave conditions, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecasted rainfall and thunderstorms in isolated areas of the country, including Delhi, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu-Kashmir, Ladakh, Gilgit Baltistan, Muzaffarabad, Uttarakhand, Punjab, and south Haryana. The IMD has issued an orange alert in several states until May 26, anticipating heavy rainfall during this period. This weather phenomenon is attributed to the influence of an active western disturbance over the western Himalayan region, leading to thunderstorms and rains across northwest India over the next two to three days.

Following a blistering heatwave that saw maximum temperatures surpassing the 46 degrees Celsius mark in parts of Delhi, the IMD predicts overcast skies, gusty winds, and light rain in the second half of Wednesday. The Safdarjung Observatory, Delhi’s primary weather station, recorded a minimum temperature of 25.4 degrees Celsius, slightly below normal. The maximum temperature is expected to settle around 39 degrees Celsius.

The IMD forecasts thunderstorms and light rains across the National Capital Region (NCR), including locations such as Hodal (Haryana), Bijnaur, Khatauli, Sakoti Tanda, Hastinapur, Chandpur, Daurala, Amroha, Nandgaon, Barsana (Uttar Pradesh), Tizara, Khairthal, Kotputli, Alwar, Viratnagar, Nagar, Laxmangarh, Rajgarh (Rajasthan) within the next two hours.

In Mumbai, the temperature is likely to remain between 34-36 degrees Celsius with clear sky conditions. The IMD states that there is currently no possibility of rain in the city or the adjoining districts of Thane, Palghar, and Navi Mumbai. However, rains have been predicted in Buldhana, Sangli, and Parbhani districts. Heatwave conditions have prompted the closure of schools in Maharashtra.

Bengaluru, which has experienced heavy rainfall and flooding over the past four days, will witness cloudy skies and light to moderate rain. The Meteorological Centre in Bengaluru reports that the maximum and minimum temperatures in the city are expected to be around 33 and 21 degrees Celsius, respectively.

The Regional Meteorological Centre (RMC) Chennai predicts light to moderate rain with thunderstorms and lightning in one or two places over Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, and Karaikal areas. In Chennai, the sky condition will be cloudy, with a maximum temperature of around 38-39 degrees Celsius and a minimum temperature of approximately 28-29 degrees Celsius.

The IMD has also forecasted heavy rainfall or thundershowers in many places in Kerala and a few places in Lakshadweep. Additionally, the IMD has issued warnings of thundersqualls and gusty winds with speeds of 50-60 km per hour in isolated areas of Uttarakhand, Punjab, Haryana-Chandigarh today and over West Uttar Pradesh tomorrow (May 25). Furthermore, squally winds have been predicted in Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura, West Bengal, and Sikkim today.

Overall, these weather predictions offer a glimmer of relief from the scorching heatwave as rainfall and thunderstorms bring respite to various parts of India.


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