Daily India Weather Forecast Today (Feb 5): Thunderstorms across the Punjab plains, Orange Alerts issued
India's Weather forecast for February 5
As for today, widespread snow/rain and thunderstorms are likely over Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand. Scattered rain and thunderstorms have been forecast over Punjab, Haryana, and Uttar Pradesh. Isolated snow/rain and thunderstorms are expected over Jammu & Kashmir. Isolated snow/rain is possible over Ladakh and Arunachal Pradesh, while isolated rain is on the cards over northern Rajasthan and Andaman & Nicobar Islands.
Tomorrow, according to The Weather Channel, scattered snow/rain and thunderstorms are likely over Uttarakhand. Isolated snow/rain and thunderstorms are in the forecast over Himachal Pradesh, Sikkim, and Arunachal Pradesh. Isolated rain and thunderstorms are expected over Uttar Pradesh. Isolated rain is possible over Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, and Andaman & Nicobar Islands. Dense fog is likely at isolated places across Northern India.
Several parts of Delhi and its neighboring areas received light rains on Thursday morning, thanks to a fresh western disturbance over Afghanistan and north-west Pakistan. However, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has said that despite a fresh western disturbance, the temperature across north and central India will see no significant change.
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In its daily bulletin, the weather department has said that the minimum temperature across Delhi-NCR will likely rise by two to three degrees Celsius over the next two days, adding that light to moderate rains will continue till Friday. The weather department further said that light rains and hailstorms are also predicted in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal, and Jharkhand. It has also predicted snowfall in isolated parts of Jammu and Kashmir, Uttarakhand, and Himachal Pradesh.
During the next 48 hours, light to moderate rainfall is expected at many places in the Terai region of Punjab and Haryana. There is also a possibility of a thundershower with gusty winds along with rain. Scattered rains are expected in Delhi on 4 February. Rain will start in parts of western Uttar Pradesh from 4 February and rain activity will be seen on 5 and 6 February in central and eastern parts.
There is a possibility of rain in the northeastern parts of Rajasthan. At the moment, Rajasthan will not be affected much by the rain. Due to the change in the weather, the minimum temperature in the mountains and plains of North India has increased and the cold wave conditions have ended. However, as soon as the seasonal stir ends in North India, it is expected that from 5 and 6 February, the cold winds will start from north and west, which will make people realize the return of winter. However, now the temperature will not go to the level of 4-5 degrees, so the possibility of cold wave conditions are ruled out.
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5-Day Nationwide Weather Forecast
The ongoing western disturbance, after bringing rainfall and thunderstorms across the Punjab plains, will progress onto the Gangetic plains on Friday, leaving high humidity behind. Dense fog and the resultant low visibility are likely over the Punjab plains on Friday morning. Before dissipating on Saturday, the disturbance will produce isolated snow and a chance of thunderstorms in Northeastern India.
Meanwhile, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) forecast adds that this system will cause scattered to fairly widespread light to moderate rain/snow with isolated thunderstorms, lightning, and hail over Himachal Pradesh on February 4 and over Uttarakhand on February 4-5. Isolated thunderstorms and lightning are also very likely over Jammu & Kashmir, Ladakh, Gilgit-Baltistan, and Muzaffarabad Thursday, Feb 4.
Further, the interaction between this western disturbance and lower level southeasterlies from the Bay of Bengal is likely to cause isolated to fairly widespread light to moderate thundershowers, along with isolated lightning and hail, over Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi, north Rajasthan, northwest Madhya Pradesh and West Uttar Pradesh on February 4, and over East Madhya Pradesh and north Chhattisgarh on February 5. Other areas are likely to experience dry conditions during this forecast period.
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As northwesterly winds gradually get notable across the northern plains and central highland, temperatures both in maximums and minimums over the region will decrease towards this weekend. No significant change in minimum temperatures is expected during the next 24 hours, after which a fall by 4-6°C is likely over Northwest India from the morning of Saturday, February 6.
These wet conditions are expected to cause a slight fluctuation in minimum temperatures across most parts of Central India for the next 24 hours, causing them to rise by 2-4°C. However, they will immediately fall back by 3-5°C on Friday and remain constant for the subsequent three days.
Meanwhile, since the beginning of 2021, all these aforementioned states have registered 'large deficit' precipitation as compared to their respective long-term average figures. Between January 1 and February 3, Madhya Pradesh recorded just 3.3 mm rainfall, Chhattisgarh experienced 2.2 mm rains, Odisha 1.2 mm, and Jharkhand 1 mm. These precipitation figures are 70-90% lower than what these states typically record during this period, but a slight improvement may be on the cards, especially with the aforementioned rain spell on the horizon.
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