Northwest India In for First Post-Monsoon Rain Spell from October 16-19; Heavy Rains to Lash Uttarakhand, Himachal, UP

Following delayed withdrawal of southwest monsoon from parts of North and Northwest India, the weather has remained dry over the region. But now, wet conditions appear set to make a comeback.

As per the India Meteorological Department (IMD), this first spell of post-monsoon showers is set to commence over parts of Northwest India from Saturday, October 16. Along with rains, some parts may also experience thunderstorms and lightning.

Himachal Pradesh will be in for isolated heavy to very heavy rainfall on Sunday- Monday, October 17-18. Similar conditions are expected to prevail over Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh from Sunday to Tuesday.

The peak of the precipitation is expected over Uttarakhand on Monday, with the daily total likely to hover around 100 mm. As for the entire region and its adjoining areas, total rainfall may exceed the 200 mm mark.

Towards North India, parts of Jammu, Kashmir, Ladakh, Gilgit-Baltistan, Muzaffarabad and Himachal Pradesh are all likely to witness isolated thunderstorms, lightning and hail on Sunday and Monday, while Uttarakhand may experience the same from Sunday to Tuesday.

Owing to the likelihood of such rough conditions, the IMD has issued various levels of alerts over the region.

The likes of Jammu, Kashmir, Ladakh, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh have all been placed under an orange alert on Sunday and Monday, October 17 and 18, with the advisory instructing residents to prepare for inclement weather.

Meanwhile, the neighbouring territories of Punjab, Delhi, Haryana and Chandigarh will be under a yellow watch (‘be aware’ of the local weather situation) for this 48-hour period owing to the possibility of isolated thunderstorms.

Come Tuesday, October 19, only Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand will retain the orange alert.

October rains over North and Northwest India tend to be fairly uncommon. In fact, since the beginning of this month, Uttar Pradesh has recorded the highest amount of rain at 29.5 mm, followed by Uttarakhand (18.5 mm), Punjab (13.4 mm), Haryana (9.6 mm) and Delhi (2.8 mm). A majority of this precipitation was recorded while the southwest monsoon showers bid their final adieu for this year.

While the withdrawal of southwest monsoon from North India commenced on October 6 (against the normal date of September 17), the process is still ongoing in parts of Southern India. The completion of this withdrawal process will remain unlikely for the next five days, as per the IMD.

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