Thereafter, the new week will bring isolated to scattered precipitation over the entire northeastern region on Monday and Tuesday, March 8-9.
Meanwhile, isolated thunderstorms and lightning will remain prevalent across the region during the entirety of this forecast period.Fresh snowfall and rains are predicted in Jammu and Kashmir later this week. (AP)
In view of these predictions, the IMD has issued a yellow watch over the entire northeast on Saturday. Come Sunday, the watch will only cover the state of Arunachal Pradesh. The watch advises residents to ‘be aware’ of the local weather situation.
In spite of the wet weather, the daytime temperatures are unlikely to undergo a dip in this forecast period. In fact, the IMD has predicted that the maximum temperatures are likely to be above normal by 3-5°C over many parts of the Northeast, along with Central, Eastern and Western India.
Meanwhile, as per IMD observations, rainfall was recorded at most places across Arunachal Pradesh; at a few places in Assam and Meghalaya, and at isolated places over Sub-Himalayan West Bengal and Sikkim between the morning and evening hours of Friday, March 5.
The ongoing wet spell over the region began at the beginning of the week, and since March 1, both Arunachal Pradesh (32.2 mm) and Sikkim (46.4 mm) have managed to record excessive precipitation as compared to their long-term average for the period between March 1-6.
Other northeastern states to register any precipitation in this time frame include Assam (3.7 mm), Mizoram (1.8 mm) and Nagaland (1 mm).
India Meteorological Department (IMD) officials said the wet spell could see a drop in temperature by 4 to 8 degree centigrade in the coming days. Director IMD in a statement said that dry weather is expected till March 6. "There is possibility of light rain to moderate rain with thunder and lightning over plains; light to moderate snow at higher reaches during late night of March 6 and 7. There is also the possibility of heavy snow at isolated places, particularly at the higher reaches," said the IMD director.
He added there was a possibility of disruption in surface transport over the higher reaches. "Possibility of landslides and shooting stones over J&K national highway and hail storm at isolated places over plains of Jammu," the statement said. The wet spell could cause fall in the temperature by 4 to 8 degrees, it added.
Meanwhile, deputy commissioner, Shopian Sachin Kumar Vaishya ordered the opening of historic Mughal road and the government has shifted machinery to Heerpora for initiating snow clearance on the road, Hindustan Times reported.5-day precipitation forecast over India from Saturday to Wednesday. (TWC Met Team)
5-Day Nationwide Weather Forecast
According to Weather.com, a fresh western disturbance is set to affect the Western Himalayan Region (WHR), causing isolated snowfall over Ladakh, Jammu & Kashmir, and Himachal Pradesh from Saturday afternoon. It will increase both in intensity and coverage toward Sunday, engulfing Uttarakhand before tapering off on Monday. The peak will fall on Sunday, with 25-75 cm of fresh snow accumulation across the northern parts of Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, and Uttarakhand a day along with thunderstorms. After a brief relief on Tuesday, there will be another round of snowfall in this region from Tuesday night.
Furthermore, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecast thunderstorms with lightning and hail at isolated places very over Jammu, Kashmir, Ladakh, Gilgit, Baltistan, Muzaffarabad and Himachal Pradesh on March 6-7, and over Uttarakhand during March 6-8. Isolated to scattered light rain/drizzle are very likely over Punjab on March 6-7, and isolated light rain/drizzle over north Haryana, Chandigarh and adjoining West Uttar Pradesh March 7. Isolated thunderstorms with lightning are also expected over Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh and adjoining West Uttar Pradesh on March 7.
In view of the above predictions, the entire WHR will remain under an orange alert ("be prepared" for rough weather) on both Saturday and Sunday.Photo: Weather Online
Meanwhile, the ongoing snow/rainfall event along with thunderstorms across Arunachal Pradesh will continue this weekend and into next week, engulfing adjoining areas at times. Locally heavy rainfall of up to 50 mm is expected across eastern Arunachal Pradesh on Saturday.
The IMD adds that scattered to fairly widespread rains will drench Assam and Meghalaya, and isolated to scattered showers will fall over Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura till March 7. The precipitation will become isolated to scattered over the region on March 8-9. All this while, isolated thunderstorms and lightning will also be on the horizon.
Further, a cyclonic circulation will become notable in the Indian Ocean near the equator next week. The related rainband will be sufficiently far from Southern India, but the southernmost tip of the peninsula may receive a few spells of showers along with thunderstorms from Monday.
As for temperatures, the maximums will be 4 to 8°C higher than normal across much of Rajasthan during this forecast period, whereas below-average maximums are likely across the Brahmaputra Plains.
Overnight minimums will be warmer than normal across much of the country during this forecast period, with the exception of the Deccan Plateau, where temperatures will remain normal or slightly cooler until Sunday. Inland Andhra Pradesh will remain below normal beyond Monday.Photo: IMD
Widespread snow/rain and thunderstorms are likely over Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand. Fairly widespread snow/rain and thunderstorms are possible over Jammu & Kashmir.
Scattered snow/rain and thunderstorms are in the forecast over Ladakh and Arunachal Pradesh. Scattered rain and thunderstorms are likely over Assam and Sub-Himalayan West Bengal.
Isolated snow/rain and thunderstorms are on the horizon for Sikkim. Isolated rain and thunderstorms are likely over Tamil Nadu.