The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a yellow alert for several states in Central and North India, forecasting extremely heavy rainfall until 13th February. This alert comes as part of the ongoing weather pattern affecting the region, bringing significant precipitation and thunderstorm activity.
According to the official statement from the IMD, “Rainfall with thunderstorm activity is likely over Central India during 11th-13th February, 2024.” This forecast indicates the continuation of the current weather system, which has already brought substantial rainfall to parts of the region.
The minimum temperatures across many parts of the northern plains were recorded between 7-11°C on Sunday. These temperatures were below normal by 2-4°C in some areas, indicating the persistence of cold weather conditions. Amritsar reported the lowest minimum temperature at 4.6°C, highlighting the chilly conditions prevailing in the region.
In terms of rainfall forecasts, the IMD predicts thunderstorms, lightning, and gusty winds with speeds reaching 30-40 kmph over East Madhya Pradesh and Jharkhand during 12th-13th February. Vidarbha and Chhattisgarh are also expected to witness rainfall and thunderstorm activity on 12th February, while Bihar and Gangetic West Bengal may experience similar conditions on 13th and 14th February, respectively.
Additionally, hailstorms are likely over East Madhya Pradesh and adjoining North Chhattisgarh on 12th February. Odisha is expected to receive rainfall on 12th, 15th, and 16th February, while Uttar Pradesh may experience rainfall during 12th-14th February.
Regarding temperature forecasts, the IMD predicts a gradual rise in minimum temperatures by 2-4°C over Northwest India in the next five days. A similar increase in minimum temperatures is expected over many parts of East India during the next three days, with no significant change thereafter. However, Central India is likely to experience stable minimum temperatures over the next five days.
In terms of cold wave conditions, isolated pockets of Himachal Pradesh and East Rajasthan may experience cold wave conditions on 12th February, 2024. This indicates localized areas where temperatures drop significantly below normal, potentially impacting local residents and agriculture.
Turning to the national capital, Delhi, the weather department has forecasted mist on Monday morning. The minimum and maximum temperatures are expected to hover around 8 and 25 degrees Celsius, respectively. However, visibility may be reduced due to fog, leading to delays in several flight operations at the Indira Gandhi International airport.
The yellow alert combination of heavy rainfall, thunderstorm activity, and cold weather conditions as predicted by IMD underscores the importance of staying informed and prepared. Residents in the affected regions should take necessary precautions to mitigate any potential risks associated with adverse weather conditions. This includes staying updated on weather forecasts, avoiding unnecessary travel during inclement weather, and following any advisories or warnings issued by local authorities.
Furthermore, travelers should anticipate possible delays or disruptions to transportation services, particularly air travel, due to reduced visibility and adverse weather conditions. It is advisable to check the status of flights and make alternative arrangements if necessary.
The IMD’s yellow alert for heavy rainfall highlights the ongoing weather challenges faced by Central and North India. By staying vigilant and taking appropriate precautions, individuals and communities can better cope with the impact of these weather events and ensure their safety and well-being.