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Rains, Thunderstorms, and Heatwaves: India's Diverse Weather Patterns

India faces varied weather conditions with cyclonic circulations bringing rain and thunderstorms to northern regions and heatwaves affecting others. The Meteorological Department warns of heavy rains and strong winds in several states

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India is experiencing diverse weather patterns, affecting various regions, from rains and thunderstorms to heatwaves. A western disturbance is causing a cyclonic circulation over Jammu and its surrounding areas. This will bring light rain with thunderstorms to Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh, Gilgit-Baltistan, Muzaffarabad, Himachal Pradesh, and Uttarakhand from May 31 to June 2. The expected rainfall ranges from 0.1 mm to 15.5 mm.

The western disturbance will bring light rain and thundershowers to the plains of Northwest India from May 31 to June 2. The expected rainfall will range from 0.1 mm to 15.5 mm. Dust storms are expected in Uttar Pradesh today and tomorrow, and in Haryana, Chandigarh, and Delhi on May 31. Strong surface winds are expected in Gujarat today.

The Meteorological Department forecasts lightning and 50-60 km/h storm winds in West Bengal's coastal Ganges areas due to cyclonic circulation. Thunderstorms with strong winds are expected in Odisha, Chhattisgarh, Bihar, Jharkhand, isolated parts of Kerala and Mahe, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Karaikal, Lakshadweep, Rayalaseema, coastal Andhra Pradesh and Yanam, coastal and north interior Karnataka.

In Northeast India, lightning and strong winds are possible in Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, and Tripura today.

Today, heavy to very heavy rains are expected in Sub-Himalayan West Arunachal Pradesh, Bengal, and Meghalaya, with rainfall from 115.6 mm to 204.4 mm. Heavy rains are predicted in Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura, and Kerala and Mahe, with rainfall from 64.5 mm to 115.5 mm. Yesterday, heavy rains were recorded in isolated parts of Meghalaya and Tripura.

The southwest monsoon is likely to advance into the central Arabian Sea, South Arabian Sea, Lakshadweep area, Kerala, Karnataka, and Tamil Nadu in the next two to three days, according to the Meteorological Department. Conditions are favourable for further advance into the southwest and central Bay of Bengal, northeastern Bay of Bengal, Assam, Meghalaya, and Sub-Himalayan West Bengal and Sikkim.

Maximum temperatures in Rajasthan, Haryana, Chandigarh, and Delhi reached 45-48 degrees Celsius. In West Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, coastal Andhra Pradesh, Yanam, isolated places in Gujarat, Telangana, and Rayalaseema, temperatures settled at 42-45 degrees Celsius. Temperatures were 3-6 degrees Celsius above normal in northwest India and isolated places in central and east India. The highest temperature was 48.3 degrees Celsius in Ganganagar, Rajasthan, and the minimum was 22.0 degrees Celsius in Bulandshahr, western Uttar Pradesh.

Severe heatwaves expected in parts of Bihar, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Western Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Vidarbha, Odisha, Coastal Andhra Pradesh, Yanam, and Jharkhand. Yesterday, severe heatwaves in Rajasthan, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi, Jharkhand, eastern Madhya Pradesh, parts of Uttar Pradesh and Odisha. Heatwave also seen in many areas of Punjab, western Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, parts of Bihar, Gujarat, Vidarbha, and Himachal Pradesh.

Today, warm night weather is expected in Uttarakhand, Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, and Odisha. Konkan, Goa, and the coastal areas of the Ganges in West Bengal will experience hot and humid weather. Yesterday, the night weather was hot in Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha, and Madhya Pradesh.

The Meteorological Department predicts that storm winds blowing at 35-45 kmph may intensify to 55 kmph over Lakshadweep, Maldives, Comorin, Kerala coast, and southwest Bay of Bengal. Winds at 45-55 kmph are expected to intensify to 65 kmph over the Somalia coast, southwest Yemen coast, and adjoining west-central Arabian Sea. The department has warned fishermen against venturing into these areas for fishing or business.

Yesterday, between 8:30 and 5:30, it rained in most parts of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Assam, Meghalaya, Kerala, Mahe, Lakshadweep, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh, Gilgit-Baltistan, Muzaffarabad, and isolated parts of Uttarakhand. Rain occurred over Sub-Himalayan West Bengal, Sikkim, parts of Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura, West Uttar Pradesh, Odisha, Arunachal Pradesh, and isolated parts of Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Karaikal.

Significant rainfall was recorded in various parts of the country yesterday. Cherrapunji in Assam and Meghalaya received 9 cm of rain, Goalpara 4 cm, Haflong 3 cm, Dhubri, Guwahati, Shillong, North Lakhimpur and Majbat 1 cm each. Kailashahar in Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura received 7 cm, Aizawl 2 cm. Hut Bay in Andaman & Nicobar Islands received 6 cm, Mayabunder 3 cm, Long Island, Port Blair & Car Nicobar 1 cm each. Kottayam, Punalur & Kochi in Kerala received 1 cm each. Tadong in Sub-Himalayan West Bengal & Sikkim received 6 cm, Gangtok 2 cm, Cooch Behar 1 cm. Manali in Himachal Pradesh received 1 cm, and Minicoy in Lakshadweep 1 cm of rain.

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