1. The IMD has issued a yellow alert for heavy rainfall in central and north India until February 13.
2. States including Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, and Chhattisgarh are under the alert.
3. Thunderstorms, lightning, and strong winds are expected along with the rainfall.
Weather Update, Feb 12: The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a yellow alert for heavy rainfall until February 13 in states across central and north India including Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, and Chhattisgarh.
The forecast warns of thunderstorms, lightning, and strong winds accompanying the rainfall.
Specifically, the IMD predicts heavy rainfall in east Madhya Pradesh and Jharkhand from February 12 to 13, in Maharashtra’s Vidarbha and Chhattisgarh on February 12, in Bihar on February 13 and 14, and in Gangetic West Bengal on February 14.
The states are expected to experience these weather conditions due to the influence of a trough extending from south interior Karnataka to west Vidarbha in the lower tropospheric levels.
Hailstorms are also anticipated over east Madhya Pradesh and north Chhattisgarh on February 12. Further, Odisha is forecasted to experience rainfall on February 12, 15, and 16, while Uttar Pradesh may witness rainfall from February 12 to 14.
The IMD also predicts a gradual increase in minimum temperatures by 2°C-4°C over northwest India and east India in the next 5 and 3 days, respectively. However, isolated pockets over Himachal Pradesh and east Rajasthan may experience cold wave conditions on February 12.
Squally winds with speeds reaching 45-55 kmph, gusting to 65 kmph, are expected over the Comorin area, while the Gulf of Oman adjoining the northwest Arabian Sea may experience squally weather with wind speeds reaching 40-45 kmph, gusting to 55 kmph.
Fishermen have been advised against venturing into these regions.
On Sunday, minimum temperatures ranging from 7°C-11°C were observed across many areas of the northern plains, with temperatures below the normal range in certain parts.
Amritsar recorded the lowest minimum temperature of 4.6°C, according to the India Meteorological Department.