Monsoon Update: Unsettled Weather Disrupts Parts of India: Alert Rain and Hailstorms

New Delhi: The weather patterns across India have taken an unexpected turn, bringing sporadic rain, hailstorms, and even avalanches to various parts of the country. This sudden shift has disrupted routines and caused concern, particularly in regions experiencing the brunt of these weather disturbances.

Current Situation:

  • Heavy rains and hailstorms: Several areas, including parts of Delhi, NCR, Haryana, and Uttar Pradesh, witnessed intense rain and hailstorms on Sunday (March 3rd). These events have brought a chilling effect to the regions, replacing the warmth experienced recently.
  • Clear skies in some areas: While some regions face the aftermath of heavy weather, others, such as western Uttar Pradesh, are expected to experience dry weather today (March 4th). Similarly, both western and eastern UP are expected to have clear skies on March 5th.
  • Himachal Pradesh: The state has been severely impacted by heavy snowfall and rains, leading to more than half a dozen avalanches and landslides in the past two days. These events have caused significant disruption, with over 500 roads, including five national highways, being closed, as reported by PTI.
  • Alert for further snowfall and hailstorms: The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a warning for heavy rain and snowfall in various regions of Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, and Uttarakhand. Additionally, isolated hailstorms are expected in Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, West Uttar Pradesh, and Rajasthan.

Impact and Outlook:

  • Disrupted routines: The sudden change in weather patterns has caused disruptions to daily life in affected regions. People are advised to exercise caution while commuting, especially in areas prone to landslides or flooding.
  • Potential damage to crops: Hailstorms pose a significant threat to crops, and farmers in affected areas might face agricultural losses.
  • Travel advisories: Travelers planning to visit the affected regions, particularly Himachal Pradesh, should remain updated on the latest weather warnings and road closures before embarking on their journeys.

Looking ahead:

The IMD forecasts clear skies for Delhi from March 4th onwards. However, light clouds might appear during the week. The minimum temperature is expected to range between 13°C and 16°C, while the maximum temperature could reach 26°C to 28°C.

Staying informed and exercising caution remain key during these unpredictable weather changes. By following official weather updates and taking necessary precautions, we can navigate these disruptions and ensure our safety and well-being.