India Weather Forecast Today (Feb 3): Cyclonic circulation in Pakistan, trough extends southeastern Arabian Sea
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India's Weather forecast for February 3

During the last 24 hours, light to moderate rain and snowfall activities have been recorded in Jammu and Kashmir. Coastal Andhra Pradesh received thunderstorms at some places. Interior Tamil Nadu has received light rain. Cold wave conditions continued in Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, and West Bengal. Extremely dense fog enveloped Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, sub-Himalayan West Bengal, and parts of Sikkim.

According to Skymet, during the next 24 hours, dense fog is likely to persist over parts of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, and West Bengal. Cold wave conditions are expected to persist in West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, and Madhya Pradesh. Jammu and Kashmir, Gilgit Baltistan, Muzaffarabad, and Ladakh may receive light rain and snowfall. Himachal Pradesh is also expected to witness rain and snowfall at some places. The intensity of rain and snowfall is expected to increase in these hill states from 3 February. Rainfall may occur at isolated places in some parts of Punjab and Haryana from February 3.

Also tomorrow, scattered snow/rain and thunderstorms are likely over Jammu & Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh. Isolated snow/rain and thunderstorms are on the cards for Uttarakhand, while isolated rains and thunderstorms are expected over Punjab and Haryana. Further, isolated snow/rain is possible over Ladakh and Arunachal Pradesh, whereas Andaman & Nicobar Islands are likely to experience just isolated rainfall. Dense fog is on the horizon at isolated places over Ganga and Brahmaputra plains. Cold wave and/or cold day conditions are likely over some pockets of eastern Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, and Jharkhand.

India Weather Forecast Today (Feb 3): Cyclonic circulation in Pakistan, trough extends southeastern Arabian Sea
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5-Day Nationwide Weather Forecast

From February 4, rains are likely over Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, western and central parts of Uttar Pradesh, northern Rajasthan, and parts of northern Madhya Pradesh. As well as hail in parts of Punjab and Haryana, hailstorm is also expected at one or two places on 4 and 5 February during these rains in Uttar Pradesh. A fresh western disturbance is set to affect the weather across the western Himalayan region (WHR) from Tuesday onwards. The brunt of the falls over the next four days (from Tuesday to Friday) is expected over the northern parts of Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand, where 20-50 cm of snowfall is likely.

Furthermore, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted that scattered to fairly widespread light to moderate rain/snow, along with isolated thunderstorms, lightning, and hail, are all very likely over WHR during February 3-5. Isolated heavy rain/snow is on the cards over Jammu, Kashmir, Ladakh, Gilgit-Baltistan, and Muzaffarabad on Feb 3-4, and over Himachal Pradesh on Feb 4.

Moreover, 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 rain/thundershowers with isolated lightning and hail over (i) the plains of Northwest India during Feb 3-5; ii) Madhya Pradesh during Feb 4-5, and over East Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Jharkhand during Feb 5-6.

Meanwhile, the northern plains such as Punjab and Haryana will be particularly engulfed in rainfall and possibly thunderstorms on Thursday. High humidity is likely to give rise to dense fog, effectively creating low visibility conditions across the Punjab plains on Friday morning.

In fact, dense to very dense fog is in the forecast over isolated to some pockets of Uttar Pradesh during the next 24 hours. Dense fog is also possible in isolated pockets over Bihar during the next three days, and over Sub-Himalayan West Bengal, Sikkim, Assam Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, and Tripura during the next two days. It will decrease in spatial distribution and intensity thereafter.

As for the temperatures, the overnight minimums across Gangetic West Bengal and adjoining areas are expected to be lower than normal on Tuesday and Wednesday and rise on Friday and Saturday. Madhya Pradesh could see colder-than-normal minimums from Friday onwards due to the prevailing northwesterly winds. Maximum temperatures will be warmer than normal across Rajasthan and adjoining areas on Tuesday and Wednesday.

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India Weather Forecast Today (Feb 3): Cyclonic circulation in Pakistan, trough extends southeastern Arabian Sea
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India Weather Forecast Today (Feb 3): Cyclonic circulation in Pakistan, trough extends southeastern Arabian Sea
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Snowfall and Rainfall forecast to weekend

Parts of North and Northwest India are set to experience increased rainfall and snowfall activity over the next 3-4 days. In view of the predicted weather conditions, ten states and union territories have been placed under an orange alert this week. According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), a fresh western disturbance is expected to affect the weather over the Western Himalayan Region (WHR) from February 2, and across the plains of Northwest India from February 3.

Under the influence of this system, scattered to fairly widespread light to moderate rainfall/snowfall, along with isolated thunderstorms, lightning, and hail, are all very likely over the WHR from Wednesday to Friday, February 3-5. Isolated heavy rain/snow is particularly expected over Jammu & Kashmir, Ladakh, Gilgit-Baltistan, and Muzaffarabad on Wednesday and Thursday, and over Himachal Pradesh on Thursday.

As per The Weather Channel’s met team, the highest amount of snowfall—somewhere between 20-50 cm—is expected across the northern parts of Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand.

Further, the western disturbance is also expected to interact with lower-level southeasterly winds from the Bay of Bengal, with this interaction causing isolated to fairly widespread light to moderate thundershowers, along with isolated lightning and hail, over the plains of Northwest India from Wednesday to Friday. Central India will also be affected by these systems, as the exact same conditions have been forecast over Madhya Pradesh on Thursday and Friday, and over East Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, and Jharkhand on Friday and Saturday.

Meanwhile, a yellow watch has also been placed over Punjab, Chandigarh, Haryana, and Delhi on Wednesday, over Himachal Pradesh and East Uttar Pradesh on Thursday, over Rajasthan and East UP on Friday, and just over East UP come Saturday. The yellow watch urges people to ‘be aware’ of their local weather situation.

While the wet conditions increase, both cold day and cold wave conditions will simultaneously abate, as the IMD expects a gradual rise in minimum temperatures over most parts of Northwest and adjoining Central India over the next 2-3 days. The prevailing northwesterly winds, however, are likely to bring cooler-than-normal minimums back to Madhya Pradesh from Friday onwards.

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