Central parts of the country particularly Madhya Pradesh, Vidarbha and Chhattisgarh have been receiving intense pre-monsoon activities for the last 2-3 days. A fresh Western disturbance is approaching the western Himalayas. Rain will commence over Jammu and Kashmir, Gilgit Baltistan and Muzaffarabad by the night of March 20th. Moderate to heavy rain and thundershower associated with scattered snowfall over upper reaches are expected over these states including parts of Himachal Pradesh on March 21st and 22nd. Whether activities will cover Uttarakhand as well between March 22nd and 24th.
The northern plains of the country, Punjab, Haryana, western parts of Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan will start receiving light Rain by March 21st. Sri Ganganagar, Bikaner, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer and Barmer districts of Rajasthan which were dry for the last many days may also receive scattered rain after a prolonged dry spell.
The intensity of rain will be highest on March 22nd and many parts of Punjab, North Rajasthan, Haryana, West Uttar Pradesh and Delhi NCR may receive light to moderate rain and thundershower associated with an isolated hailstorm. Strong winds 30 to 40 Kmph are also possible at few places.
These on and off rain activities are expected to continue until March 23rd and will start clearing up by March 24th.
In Central India, Vidarbha, Marathwada, Madhya Maharashtra and parts of Madhya Pradesh may also receive light to moderate rain and thundershowers until March 23rd. The weather of Konkan and Goa including Mumbai will remain dry. The weather of Gujarat is also expected to remain almost dry with partly cloudy skies.
Relief is expected to continue until March 26th or 27 th over Northwest India due to the commencement of cool northerly winds.