Uttarakhand is one of the states which never experiences a prolonged dry spell during the Monsoon season, therefore on and off rains continued over the state this season as well.
Meanwhile, since the last two to three days, rain intensity increased significantly over Uttarakhand due to the interaction of two weather systems. One was the Western Disturbance and another one was a low-pressure area over Haryana and adjoining parts.
In Uttarakhand, most of the places, including state capital Dehradun, received heavy showers with around 45 rural roads blocked in these districts.
In the last 24 hours from 08:30 am on Tuesday, Dehradun recorded 36 mm of rain, followed by Haridwar 28 mm, Mussoorie 40 mm, Nainital 42 mm and Pantnagar 74 mm.
These heavy rains led to landslides which blocked the roads to Badrinath, Kedarnath and Yamunotri, affecting the Chardham Yatra, while traffic snarled in the state capital due to waterlogging following heavy rains.
After hours of incessant rains in the Kedarnath Valley in Uttarakhand’s Rudraprayag district, a five-meter stretch of the bridle path near Lincholi was washed out leaving over 500 pilgrims stranded in the Valley
Now, the Western Disturbance has moved away, and the low-pressure area has also weakened. Therefore, we expect rains to reduce over Uttarakhand. However, scattered light to moderate rains may continue for another 24 hours, but thereafter weather conditions are likely to become dry.
All the weather systems in the vicinity of the state will move away by tomorrow and around September 27, weather of Uttarakhand will become almost clear. Sky will be partly cloudy and day temperatures will rise by 3-4 degrees leading to comfortable weather conditions. Morning and nights will be cool.
Moreover, next week will be the perfect time for tourists to visit the popular destinations in Uttarakhand, but people should avoid travelling towards hilly areas for at least the next two to three days as the situation will take some time to improve over the region.
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