New Delhi: Thunderstorm accompanied with storm, hail and gusty winds, that’s the Indian Meteorological Department’s (IMD) prediction for the next three days for several states across India.
A day after over a 100 people were killed in Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan, the states need to prepared for more. Of the 117 deaths from five states, Rajasthan and UP bore the brunt with Agra alone reporting more than 45 deaths.
The weather monitoring agency has issued thunderstorm warning for Friday for Uttarakhand, West Bengal, Sikkim and Odisha.
An official statement said that thunderstorm is likely to be accompanied with gusty winds at isolated places over Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Chandigarh and Delhi, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, East Rajasthan, Vidarbha, Chhattisgarh, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, south Karnataka, interior Tamil Nadu and Kerala.
IMD added that heavy rain is “very likely” at isolated places over Nagaland, Manipur, Tripura and south interior Karnataka on Friday.
IMD, which described Wednesday’s storms as a “freak incident”, said it was caused by a western disturbance-induced cyclonic circulation, high moisture brought by easterly winds and the recent spell of unusually high temperatures.
“There is a high probability that winds will intensify in the next 48 hours in Rajasthan, which may lead to another dust storm. It will affect areas of Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan border, especially Karauli and Dholpur,” IMD scientist Himanshu Sharma told PTI.
The meteorogical department has also issued warnings of thunderstorm and squall for Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand from May 5 to May 8. Thunderstorm is likely to be accompanied with gisty winds in states like West Bengal, Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura, Odisha and Kerala, while heavy rains are expected in the Northeastern states over the next five days.
Except for May 5, when Rajasthan is likely to experience heat wave conditions, the state will see dust storm and thunderstorm in its western region till May 8.