The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted heavy rainfall in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands and some other parts of the country. In its forecast, posted on Twitter, the IMD attributed the change in weather to a cyclonic circulation and a western disturbance.
“Extremely widespread to widespread rainfall is very likely over Andaman and Nicobar Islands during the next 2 days and will subside thereafter. Heavy rain is also likely over Andaman and Nicobar Islands on February 18,” IMD said on Twitter.
Forecast and warnings dated 18.02.2022:
• Widespread rainfall is very likely to occur over Andaman and Nicobar Islands during the next 2 days and will reduce thereafter. There is also a possibility of heavy rain in Andaman and Nicobar Islands on February 18. (1/8) pic.twitter.com/JG3I9PKNb8
— India Meteorological Department (@Indiametdept) February 18, 2022
“Light/moderate rainfall to very widespread is very likely to occur over Arunachal Pradesh during 19th to 22nd and over Assam-Meghalaya and Nagaland-Manipur-Mizoram-Tripura on 20th and 21st February. Arunachal Pradesh on 20th February 2022. There is also a possibility of isolated heavy rainfall.” It further said.
In subsequent tweets, the IMD said that the sub-Himalayan West Bengal-Sikkim region would receive scattered and light rains for the next five days, while Odisha would receive light rain on February 20.
The IMD further said that parts of Western Himalayan region would receive light rain/snowfall in the next 24 hours.
However, no significant change in minimum temperatures is expected over most parts of India during the next five days, the Meteorological Department said.
In the extended range forecast for the next two weeks released on Wednesday, the IMD said there is a possibility of a gradual increase in minimum temperatures over most parts of the country between February 24 and March 2.
It also said that the all-India cumulative rainfall during this year’s winter season till February 16 was 61.6 per cent above the Long Period Average (LPA) and 72 per cent above the LPA over northwest India.
The Met Office said that strong winds (25-35 kmph) are likely to prevail over Haryana-Chandigarh-Delhi and Uttar Pradesh on February 19 and 20.
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