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Pre-monsoon rains will hit India from March 16, Skymet says


Several parts of the country are likely to witness a prolonged spell of rain and thunderstorms as the pre-monsoon showers are expected to arrive earlier than usual and cover most parts of Gujarat, Rajasthan, Punjab, Delhi, UP, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh , Maharashtra and eastern parts of the country between March 16 and 23, the private weather agency Skymet said Wednesday.

Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Telangana will also see rain, the weather bureau added.

The weather bureau said an active western disturbance will arrive soon over the western Himalayas, resulting in a cyclonic circulation that will travel across the border to reach central parts of the state. These two features will work together to increase the scale of weather activity.

In addition, an upper air trough is conveniently placed and placed next to the dual system to increase the likelihood of hailstorms in different parts of the country.

While weather activity on March 16 and 17 is likely to be mild, the spread and intensity of rain is likely to increase over the next 48 hours. This weather activity will reduce the higher-than-normal heat conditions prevailing across the country. Temperatures could drop by 4-5 degrees Celsius, the weather agency added.

The unusual rains that started on Monday have exacerbated the situation as it will damage crops in Maharashtra. The upcoming rainy period will further damage the harvest-ready crops in Rajasthan, Gujarat and Maharashtra.

Several pockets of Maharashtra will experience hailstorms on March 17 and 18, the agency said. Rainfall is likely to intensify around March 17. The rain will be mostly over Vidarbha on March 18. The reason may be rain until March 19 and 20, with remnants even lasting until March 21.

In Rajasthan, almost all parts of the state will witness change in weather conditions. Besides lightning, thunderstorms and high winds, there are few places where hailstorms can occur.

Pre-monsoon showers are expected to arrive earlier than usual and will hit most parts of the state between March 16 and March 21. Weather activity will be mostly mild on March 16 and 17. Spread and intensity are likely to increase on March 19 and 20. These are the days when the chance of hailstorms increases in some places in the north and east of the state. The thunderstorms abate on March 22 and 23.

Weather conditions are likely to improve after March 21. However, the break can be short and sweet. The state can receive a new enchantment from March 24 and later.

Joanna Swanson

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