Punjab and Haryana are the two states in Northwest India which do not receive enough rains after the withdrawal of Southwest Monsoon season. But winter rains do occur these states with the arrival of active Western Disturbances which usually tend to induce a cyclonic circulation over Punjab, Haryana and North Rajasthan region.
However, the weather conditions over Haryana are almost dry this winter season. Similarly, Punjab has been no different barring the northern districts that have been observing isolated rainfall activity occasionally.
In fact, till now, only two active Western Disturbances have approached the Western Himalayas. First one during the beginning of November and second one in mid-November. During both the times, parts of Punjab along with isolated pockets of Haryana received some rains.
Now another active Western Disturbance has approached the hills of North India. The above system has also induced a cyclonic circulation over North Rajasthan and adjoining Punjab and Haryana region.
This system has already given good rain and snow over the Western Himalayas and light rains over northern parts of Punjab. In the last 24 hours from 08:30 am on Monday, Amritsar recorded 1 mm of rain, followed by Pathankot 0.8 mm. Meanwhile, Bathinda and Jalandhar observed trace of rain.
With system persisting, we expect scattered rain and thundershower activities to continue over Punjab and Haryana till December 12.
Spell of rain and thundershower are over Amritsar, Barnala, Bathinda, Chandigarh, Faridkot, Fatehgarh Sahib, Fazilka, Firozpur, Gurdaspur, Hoshiarpur, Jalandhar, Kapurthala, Ludhiana, Mansa, Moga, Muktsar, Patiala, Rupnagar, Sahibzada Ajit Singh Nagar, Sangrur, Shahid Bhagat Singh Nagar and Tarn Taran districts of Punjab during next 24 hours.
In Haryana, short spells of light rain are also is likely over Bhiwani, Charkhi Dadri, Fatehabad, Gurgaon, Hisar, Jhajjar, Jind, Kaithal, Karnal, Kurukshetra, Mahendragarh, Panipat, Rewari, Rohtak, Sirsa, Sonipat and Yamunanagar districts today.
Chances of isolated hailstorm activity also cannot be ruled out because currently the temperatures are low and whenever thunderclouds with vertical extent of 6-7 km form, they are capable of giving hailstorm.
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