During the festive season of Navratri, various regions across the country face the potential threat of rain and storms. The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued forecasts, anticipating such weather conditions until October 19. On October 16, numerous areas, including Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Haryana, Chandigarh, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Gilgit, Baltistan, and Muzaffarabad, are likely to experience light to moderate rain, along with isolated thunderstorms and lightning.
This meteorological shift is attributed to a western disturbance, which is bringing about a change in weather patterns in these regions. On October 17, isolated areas within the same aforementioned regions may also receive rainfall.
The impact of this weather change isn’t limited to North India; South India is also expected to witness rainfall. IMD forecasts indicate that until October 17, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Puducherry, Karaikal, and Mahe may experience light to moderate rain, accompanied by occasional heavy rain, thundershowers, and strong winds at speeds ranging from 30 to 40 km per hour. Lakshadweep and South Interior Karnataka may also encounter similar weather conditions on October 16.
Additionally, light rain, thundershowers, and lightning are expected over parts of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands until October 19. For the next five days, there won’t be any significant alterations in maximum temperatures across most of the country.
Looking ahead, from October 20 to 21, isolated and heavy rain is anticipated in parts of Kerala, coastal and south interior Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, and various islands. Scattered rain is expected over Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh, Gilgit, Baltistan, Muzaffarabad, West Rajasthan, Coastal Andhra Pradesh, and Yanam during the same period.
The weather department warns of heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated locations in Kerala and Mahe on October 16, as well as the possibility of heavy rain in parts of Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh, Gilgit, Baltistan, Muzaffarabad, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, and Tamil Nadu.
On October 17, a similar scenario is expected to play out in parts of Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Puducherry, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Karaikal, and Mahe. Heavy rain is also likely in parts of Andaman and Nicobar Islands between October 18 and October 19.
The IMD further predicts lightning, accompanied by strong winds at speeds of 30-40 km per hour in various parts of Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh, Gilgit, Baltistan, Muzaffarabad, Kerala, Mahe, and Lakshadweep on October 16. Such conditions are expected to continue on October 17 over Kerala, Mahe, and Lakshadweep and on October 19 over Kerala and Mahe.
Isolated thunderstorms with lightning are forecasted for Andaman and Nicobar Islands until October 19. Similar weather patterns are likely in isolated parts of Delhi, Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Haryana, and Chandigarh. Additionally, on October 16, there is a possibility of rain and thundershowers over Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, South Interior Karnataka, Konkan, Goa, Puducherry, and Karaikal, with lightning expected in some areas.
October 17 may bring comparable conditions to parts of Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, and Karaikal, with thunderstorms accompanied by lightning forecasted in Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Puducherry, and parts of Karaikal on October 18.