IMD puts North India on thunderstorm alert

IMD puts North India on thunderstorm alert

The MeT office in Jaipur on Monday warned that thunderstorm and dust storm are likely to occur in at least 26 districts of Rajasthan in next 24 hours.

Dusty winds followed by thunderstorm forecast for western, northern and eastern parts of the state.

The MeT said that with the prevailing upper air cyclonic circulation the districts including Sawai Madhopur, Ajmer, Bhilwara, Bundi, Dausa, Dholpur, Jaipur, Jhalawar, Jhunjhunu, Karauli, Kota, Rajsamand, Sawai Madhopur, Sikar, Sirohi, Tonk, Bikaner, Churu, Hanumangarh, Jaisalmer, Jalore, Jodhpur, Nagar, Pali and Sriganganagar are likely to witness dust storm and thunderstorms in the next couple of days.

Meanwhile, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) issued an amber-coloured alert, indicating severe weather, for parts of Jammu and Kashmir, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Delhi, Chandigarh, western Uttar Pradesh, Sikkim and West Bengal.

Several parts of these states could witness thunderstorm and squall with winds gusting up to 50-70 kilometres per hour, the alert said.

There are four types of colour codes signifying the level of caution — green (which means no action), yellow (a situation to be watched), amber (government agencies to be prepared for severe weather) and red (action needed by the agencies).

A western disturbance runs over Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh, while there is a cyclonic circulation over northeast Rajasthan, west Madhya Pradesh and Haryana, and this will bring light to moderate rainfall in north India, Mritunjay Mohapatra, Additional Director General, IMD, said.

He, however, said, “The intensity is expected to be less in comparison to the thunderstorm that occurred on May 2.”

Heatwave conditions were also likely at one or two pockets over Vidarbha in Maharashtra, the alert said.