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Guwahati, April 18: Parts of Northeast India are set to experience another fresh wet spell this weekend and at the start of next week and some states may also witness heavy showers, particularly between April 17-20, as per the forecast.

According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), the moisture feed from the Bay of Bengal will cause fairly widespread to widespread rainfall activity over Northeast India for the next three days.

Apart from rainfall, the states of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, and Tripura are also expected to experience thunderstorms, lightning, and gusty winds reaching up to 30 to 40 kmph during this forecast period.

Furthermore, isolated heavy showers are on the cards too, particularly over Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, and Meghalaya, between April 17-20.


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In view of these predictions, the IMD has issued a yellow watch over all seven of the aforementioned states from Saturday to Monday, with the advisory urging residents to ‘be aware of the local weather situation.

Similar conditions were also observed over the region on Friday, April 16, with the IMD recording rains and thundershowers at many places over Arunachal Pradesh; a few places over Sub-Himalayan West Bengal and Sikkim; and at isolated places across Assam and Meghalaya.

As for the seasonal precipitation, almost all the states in the Northeastern region have recorded below-average rainfall since the beginning of the pre-monsoon season in March.

In fact, between March 1 and April 16, the likes of Arunachal Pradesh (211.7 mm), Assam (80.3 mm), Manipur (72.5 mm), and Nagaland (62.2 mm) have recorded ‘deficit’ rains as compared to their respective long-term average figures, whereas Tripura (66.3 mm) and Mizoram (36.5 mm) have registered ‘large deficit’ precipitation figures.

On the other hand, Meghalaya is the only state to have recorded ‘normal’ rain figures at 160.2 mm, while Sikkim has registered ‘excess’ precipitation at 331.6 mm, as compared to their respective long-term averages.