As predicted by Skymet Weather, heavy to very heavy rains occurred over the hills of North India on the past day. In fact, for the last few days, the western end of the Axis of Monsoon trough was running close to the foothills of Himalayas. In addition to this, the cyclonic circulation was also persisting over Jammu & Kashmir and adjoining Pakistan.
Due to the prevalence of these two weather systems, heavy to very heavy rains occurred over Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand. These incessant rains also caused deluge in many districts which have created a chaotic situation and paralyzed normal life over the region.
Parts of Jammu & Kashmir also recorded few heavy spells, though most parts received light spells only. In the last 24 hours, from 08:30 am on Monday, Mandi received extremely heavy, three-digit rains to the tune of 127 mm, Katra 52 mm, Nahan 43 mm, Dharamsala 37 mm, Champawat 34 mm, Shimla 35 mm, Solan 34 mm, Pithoragarh 27 mm, Uttarkashi 20 mm, Chamba 19 mm, Jammu 18 mm, Una 18 mm, Joshimath 17 mm, Kuperwah 10 mm, Manali 10 mm, Batote 10 mm, Haridwar 9 mm, Kukernag 5 mm, Kullu 6 mm, Bhaderwah 6 mm, and Gulmarg recorded 6 mm of rains.
As per Skymet Weather, the axis of Monson trough has now shifted towards the south. However, the cyclonic circulation is still persisting. Therefore, we expect, the intensity of rains to reduce over the three hill states of North India. However, as easterly winds from the Bay of Bengal would continue to feed moisture over the hills, moderate rains with isolated heavy spells are still expected to continue over parts of Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand throughout the next week.
Skymet Weather does not foresee any significant improvement in the flooding condition which is not likely until the weather of the hills would become absolutely dry which is not expected as of now.
Thus, caution is advised to visitors and they should refrain from visiting hills as far as possible.
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