The Met department has forecast thunderstorms accompanied by hailstorms in isolated places in several north Indian states, including Punjab, Delhi
and western Uttar Pradesh, over the next two days due to an approaching western disturbance.
Meteorological Department (IMD) has also said there could be "heavy snowfall" in Jammu
and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh
on February 12.
"An active Western Disturbance lies over central parts of Afghanistan
at present. It is most likely to move over northwest India
during the next 48 hours. An induced cyclonic circulation is also very likely to develop over south Pakistan
and neighbourhood during next 24 hours," the IMD said.
Western disturbance is a non-monsoonal precipitation pattern driven by the westerlies.
Interaction between this western disturbance from Afghanistan
and lower level easterlies is very likely to take place over plains of northwest and adjoining central India
from February 11.
Under the influence of the two systems, "scattered to fairly widespread rain/snowfall" is very likely over western Himalayan
region during February 13.
"Scattered to fairly widespread rainfall (is) very likely over north and central India
during February 11-13. Minimum temperatures are likely to rise by 2-4 degree Celsius over northwest India
during the next two days," the IMD said.
However, no significant change in temperatures in the next 2-3 days is expected in the rest of the country.
The IMD has issued a warning of thunderstorms accompanied by hailstorms that are very likely to take place at isolated places in Jammu, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh
and Delhi, west Uttar Pradesh, east Rajasthan
and Vidarbha on February 11.
A similar weather
pattern may be witnessed the next day in the Jammu
division, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh
and Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, interior Odisha, central Maharashtra, Marathwada, Vidarbha and Madhya Pradesh.
Isolated places in Jharkhand
and interior Odisha may witness a similar weather
pattern on February 13.
accompanied with gusty winds is like Telangana on Februray 11 and 12," the IMD added.
Temperatures are expected to dip after the rain and thunderstorms subside.