Sunday’s episode of moderate to heavy rains, dust storms, thunderstorm and lightning strikes swept most parts of the country, leaving behind a trail of destruction and claiming a few lives across some of the major states of the country. The worst hit by these violent storms was Uttar Pradesh, followed by Andhra Pradesh, Delhi NCR, and West Bengal.
The northern hills of the country also bore the brunt of the fierce pre-Monsoon activities. As per media, Home Ministry released a report on Monday stating various casualties across the storm-hit states between May 13 and 14, including one in Uttarakhand as well.
The reason for the powerful dust storm, thunderstorm, hailstorm, lightning strikes and snow in the upper reaches accompanied with strong gusty winds were back to back active Western Disturbances affecting the Western Himalayan region.
As per Skymet Weather, the intensity of the weather system can be tracked from the fact that the upper altitudes of Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand experienced snowfall in the month of May after years.
However, now the Western Disturbance has shifted eastwards and thus, the hills can expect a significant reduction in the pre-Monsoon activities over Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand now.
Thereafter, a fresh Western Disturbance would approach the Western Himalayas and would start affecting Jammu & Kashmir by today evening. Thus, the rain activity would once again resume over Jammu & Kashmir. Gradually, this will cover Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand as well.
This weather system would once again bring rounds of rain and thundershowers, along with snowfall in the higher reaches. As per Skymet Weather, one after another Western Disturbance would continue to affect the hills of North India but these would not be as active as the recent one. Thus, the hills of North India would have a wet week ahead as on and off rains would continue over the region. The possibility of hailstorm will also reduce due to decreased intensity of the Western Disturbance.
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