Severe weather pattern to bring heavy rain, strong winds to North India today

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Severe weather pattern to bring heavy rain, strong winds to North India today

The India Meteorological Department has predicted fairly widespread to widespread rainfall over Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi, northeast Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand in the next 24 hours.

A severe weather disturbance that caused unseasonal rains and dust storms in Rajasthan, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh yesterday has moved eastwards and is likely to lead to widespread rainfall in North India.

The India Meteorological Department has predicted fairly widespread to widespread rainfall over Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi, northeast Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand in the next 24 hours.

The rain will likely be accompanied by isolated thunderstorms, lightning and gusty winds with speeds between 40 and 50 kmph.

The IMD has also predicted thundersquall with wind speeds of up to 70 kmph in areas of Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Assam & Meghalaya, Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal & Sikkim, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura, East Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.

North India has already experienced the effects of the current weather disturbance. The last 24 hours have seen rain and dust storms in Delhi and its surrounding National Capital Region (NCR).

The weather disturbance has also caused unseasonal rainfall in Rajasthan, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra. The rains and the accompanying lightning strikes killed more than 35 people in these states.

Madhya Pradesh reported 15 casualties in rain-related incidents while 10 people each were killed in Gujarat and Rajasthan in the overnight rainfall. Three people were killed in Maharashtra due to lightning strikes.

According to the IMD, the weather is likely to normalise after the next 24 hours. The weather office has predicted a rise of four to six degrees Celsius in the day-time maximum temperature over Northwest India after the next 24 hours.