Northwest India Braces for Inclement Weather: IMD Forecasts Rain, Storms, and Hail


New Delhi: The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecasted a spell of moderate rainfall across the mountainous and plain regions of northwest India over the upcoming weekend. This weather event is attributed to the influence of two successive western disturbances coupled with a significant influx of moisture from the Arabian Sea.

Weather Dynamics:
The IMD’s analysis indicates the presence of an intense western disturbance as a cyclonic circulation positioned over western Iran, characterized by mid and upper-tropospheric westerlies. A second disturbance, also in the form of a cyclonic circulation, is observed over the longitude of 72 degrees east, extending to the latitude of 32 degrees north. These systems are expected to draw high moisture levels into northwest India from the Arabian Sea between April 13 and 15.

Potential Impact:
Residents in the regions of Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, and North West Uttar Pradesh should prepare for possible thunderstorms, lightning, hailstorms, and strong winds during this period. The IMD anticipates that the weather conditions will intensify, particularly over the weekend, with the likelihood of light to moderate rain accompanied by thunderstorms, gusty winds, and hailstorms.

Warnings and Advisories:
The IMD has issued warnings regarding potential crop damage due to the strong winds and the risk of injury to individuals and livestock caught in the open during hailstorms. There is also a concern that strong winds may cause structural damage to the walls of kutcha houses and huts.


Agricultural Recommendations:
Farmers across northwest India are advised to expedite the harvesting of ripe crops, fruits, and vegetables. The IMD urges that harvested produce be stored in secure locations or covered with tarpaulins in the fields to protect against the elements. Additionally, farmers in Jammu and Kashmir are recommended to implement measures to drain excess water from fields to prevent waterlogging.

The IMD continues to monitor the situation closely and will provide updates as necessary. Residents and farmers are encouraged to stay informed and take all necessary precautions to safeguard life and property during this period of adverse weather conditions.