Moisture in the air, cloudy weather, light rain or frequent drizzle and locally heavy, gusty winds are likely to make an appearance in the hilly states of India starting Sunday onwards. According to Skymet Meteorology Division of India, the region which has been witnessing dry weather situation in last 24 hours and will continue to do so for next 24 hours is in need of moderate rainfall that is likely early next week.
A Monsoon trough from the cyclonic circulation over North Rajasthan is extending upto Bay of Bengal that is expected to influence the weather over hilly states from Saturday onwards. Cloudy weather and few occasional spells of light rain is a possibility. From Sunday evening, a further change in weather is likely as Western Disturbance begins to hover over Jammu and Kashmir. The combined effort of both the weather systems is going to give heavy rain in the hilly region.
Due to the weather, a significant drop in temperature is possible that is currently settling above normal in several parts of J&K, Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh. For instance, Dehradun is witnessing maximum temperature in higher 30s at 33.2°C, one degree above normal and Kullu in Himachal Pradesh is witnessing temperature 2 degrees above normal. The situation is similar in Jammu where temperature is 35.7°C and is likely to increase further in next 24 hours. However, rain is likely to bring the much needed relief from the hot and dry weather.
Situation in last few days
In last three days, Uttarakhand has received heavy rainfall followed by light rain in Himachal Pradesh and nil in Jammu and Kashmir. However, the rain reduced in intensity over the course of time.
Rainfall in major cities of three hilly states:
The heavy rain in Uttarakhand also hampered the Amarnath and Kedarnath Yatra.
As the weather systems become instrumental in bringing the rain over the hilly states of India, heavy rain is expected in Uttarakhand, while Himachal Pradesh and J&K follow closely.
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