Thunderstorm, squall likely in north India hill states tomorrow, says IMD

Thunderstorm, squall likely in north India hill states tomorrow, says IMD

Uttarakhand, Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh are likely to witness thunderstorm accompanied with squall, while parts of Rajasthan might see dust storm over the next two days.

A new western disturbance from Monday is expected to cause thunderstorms over the hill States, and their subsequent effect on the plains in northern India.

With disturbances now prevailing over West Bengal, there is likelihood of thunderstorm and squall and heavy rainfall at isolated places in Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Odisha, Assam, Sikkim, Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura for the next few days.

"Thunderstorm accompanied with gusty winds also very likely at isolated places over Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi, west Uttar Pradesh, Vidharbha, Chhattisgarh, Bihar, Telangana, north coastal Andhra Pradesh, south interior Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Lakshadweep and Kerala", an Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) advisory said.

Several states in north India have witnessed erratic weather pattern over the fortnight.

"Saddened by the loss of lives due to dust storms in various parts of India".

Some places were completely dark in the afternoon. There were reports of disrupted power supply, and uprooting of trees and plants.

In its latest forecast, the department has also predicted an increase in maximum temperatures by at least 3 degrees Celsius during the next 2-3 days, due to north-westerly winds prevailing over the region.