India Weather Forecast (Today Feb 23): Rains and thunderstorms continue in Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu
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India's Weather forecast for February 23

Despite the withdrawal of northeast monsoons in January, some unseasonal rains have drenched the southern peninsula in the second half of February. The sporadic rains started on February 17, after nearly a month of dry conditions. Now, the latest forecast adds that the wet weather conditions are likely to continue at least for the next 24 hours, till Tuesday, over south India. As per the India Meteorological Department (IMD), the wet weather is mainly due to the presence of two troughs, which are elongated regions of low atmospheric pressure. The national forecaster state that a trough runs from Nagaland to Lakshadweep across Telangana and southern parts of Coastal Karnataka, while another trough lies over the southwest and adjoining the west-central Bay of Bengal, which extends from the south Sri Lanka coast to the north Andhra Pradesh coast, across north Tamil Nadu coast.

Under the influence of these systems, westerly winds from the Bay of Bengal bring isolated to scattered rain with lightning over Southern India on Monday and Tuesday, as per The Weather Channel’s meteorologists. Light to moderate rainfall with isolated thunderstorms and lightning is forecast in some places across Andhra Pradesh, Yanam, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Karaikal, Kerala, and Mahe during the next 24 hours. Owing to these conditions, the IMD has issued a yellow watch over coastal Andhra Pradesh, Rayalaseema, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, and Kerala for the next 24 hours. The advisory instructs residents to ‘be updated’ for the weather conditions. Furthermore, no alerts have been issued for Tuesday.

Moderate to heavy rain occurred over Tamil Nadu and in isolated pockets of south interior Karnataka. Scattered light to moderate rain over Kerala, Rayalaseema, coastal Karnataka, Lakshadweep, and south coastal Andhra Pradesh. Dense to very dense fog occurred over isolated pockets of Punjab and moderate fog occurred over Haryana and parts of Delhi.

Light to moderate rain and a thundershower with isolated heavy spells are expected over Tamil Nadu and south interior Karnataka. Scattered light rain with one or two moderate spells is possible over south Konkan and Goa, Rayalaseema, Kerala, and Lakshadweep. Light to moderate rain and snow activities with isolated intense spells are expected over Jammu Kashmir, Gilgit Baltistan, Muzaffarabad, Ladakh, and at few places over Himachal Pradesh. Day and night temperatures are expected to remain above normal over North West and Central India. Minimums may increase marginally over northwest India.

India Weather Forecast (Today Feb 23): Rains and thunderstorms continue in Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu
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5-Day Nationwide Weather Forecast

A western disturbance is likely to affect Western Himalayan Region in this forecast period. The system is expected to produce scattered to widespread snow or rain, along with thunderstorms over Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh in this forecast period. There are also possibilities of heavy rain or snow in some isolated places of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh on Monday. Owing to these rough weather conditions, IMD has issued an orange alert over Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh for today. The advisory instructs residents to ‘be prepared’ for rough weather. Moreover, under the influence of this system, scattered to fairly-widespread snow or rain with thunderstorms are possible over Himachal Pradesh from Tuesday to Friday. Parts of south India are expected to start on a wet note due to the prevalence of westerly winds from the Bay of Bengal. It is expected to bring isolated to scattered rain with lightning over south India on Monday and Tuesday.

As per the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), a trough runs from Nagaland to Lakshadweep area across Gangetic West Bengal, Chhattisgarh, Telangana, and southern parts of Coastal Karnataka. Moreover, another trough lies over the southwest and adjoining west-central Bay of Bengal, which runs from the south Sri Lanka coast to the north Andhra Pradesh coast and across the north Tamil Nadu coast. Due to these weather systems, light to moderate rainfall at isolated or scattered places with isolated thunderstorms and lightning are expected over Andhra Pradesh, Yanam, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Karaikal, Kerala, and Mahe during the next 24 hour.

Meanwhile, a cyclonic circulation is expected to form over northeast India on Tuesday. This will produce isolated rain and thunderstorms over northeast India from Tuesday onward. Dry weather is likely over other areas in this forecast period. In terms of mercury levels, maximum temperatures are warmer than normal over north India, northwest India, and northeast India in this period. Maximum temperatures are lower over south India and southwest India on Monday. Minimum temperatures are warmer or near-normal across India in this forecast period.

On Sunday, heavy to very heavy rainfall was observed over isolated places of Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, and Karaikal. District Cuddalore recorded the highest amount of precipitation at 110 mm, while other places, which witnessed heavy rains include Tiruttani (30 mm), Aminidivi (20 mm), and Coonoor (10 mm). Karnataka’s capital Bengaluru witnessed light rains of less than 10 mm for three consecutive days since Friday. Between January 1 and February 22, all the parts of south India have recorded ‘large excess’ rainfall figures, as compared to their long-term average of this period. These include Puducherry (312.9 mm), Tamil Nadu (146.3 mm), Kerala (108.1 mm), Karnataka (28.9 mm), and Andhra Pradesh (22.7 mm). Meanwhile, Telangana is the only state, which recorded a ‘large deficient’ rainfall figure at 3.4 mm, when compared to its long-term average of this time frame.

India Weather Forecast (Today Feb 23): Rains and thunderstorms continue in Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu
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Regional Forecast

Heavy rain or snow is likely at isolated places over Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh. Scattered rain or snow and thunderstorms are possible over Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh. Scattered rain and thunderstorms are expected over Tamil Nadu and south interior Karnataka. Isolated rain or snow and thunderstorms are possible over Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand. Isolated rain and thunderstorms are expected over coastal Maharashtra, Goa, Andhra Pradesh, coastal Karnataka, north interior Karnataka, Kerala, and Andaman & Nicobar Islands.

Fairly widespread rain or snow and thunderstorms are likely over Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh. Scattered rain or snow and thunderstorms are possible over Himachal Pradesh. Isolated rain or snow and thunderstorms are expected over Uttarakhand. Isolated rain and thunderstorms are likely over Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura, Tamil Nadu, south interior Karnataka and Kerala.

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