India Weather Forecast (Today March 4): Rain over Jammu & Kashmir; thunderstorms Likely in Arunachal Pradesh
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India's Weather forecast for March 4

Scattered snow or rain and thunderstorms are likely over Arunachal Pradesh. Isolated snow or rain and thunderstorms are possible over Ladakh and Jammu & Kashmir. Isolated rain and thunderstorms are expected over Assam. Scattered snow or rain and thunderstorms are likely over Arunachal Pradesh. Isolated snow or rain and thunderstorms are possible over Ladakh, Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, and Sikkim. Isolated rain and thunderstorms are expected over Assam, Nagaland, and Sub-Himalayan West Bengal.

India Weather Forecast (Today March 4): Rain over Jammu & Kashmir; thunderstorms Likely in Arunachal Pradesh
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5-Day Nationwide Weather Forecast

The parts of the Western Himalayan Region are likely to receive isolated snow due to the presence of feeble western disturbance. Moreover, the next western disturbance is expected to impact the region from March 5. Under the influence of this system, scattered to fairly widespread rainfall or snowfall is likely over the region during March 6-8 with maximum intensity on March 7. The best falls are expected across the northern half of Himachal Pradesh with 100 cm of snow possible for the next 5 days.

A cyclonic circulation produces isolated rain or snow over Arunachal Pradesh and the adjoining area. This will show an increase in its intensity toward the weekend. Much of the precipitation will fall as rain, but northern-most parts of Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim may receive over 50 cm of snow for the next 5 days. Other areas are expected to record 50-70 mm of rain for the same duration.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) forecast states scattered to fairly widespread rainfall is likely over Arunachal Pradesh and isolated rainfall over Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, and Tripura, along with thunderstorm or lightning during the next 2-3 days. In addition, thunder squalls are expected over Assam & Meghalaya on March 4.

Furthermore, in terms of mercury levels, the maximum temperatures are currently 3-6°C above normal over north, west, central and east India. These regions include Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Saurashtra, Kutch, Vidarbha, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Bihar, Jharkhand, and Gangetic West Bengal. No significant changes in maximum temperatures are expected over the country during the next 4-5 days. As per IMD, strong surface winds blowing at the speed of 20-30 kph are expected to prevail over Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi, and Uttar Pradesh during the next 24 hours.

Delhi 5-day weather forecast

India Weather Forecast (Today March 4): Rain over Jammu & Kashmir; thunderstorms Likely in Arunachal Pradesh
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Mumbai 5-day weather forecast

India Weather Forecast (Today March 4): Rain over Jammu & Kashmir; thunderstorms Likely in Arunachal Pradesh
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Delhi prepares for Extreme Summer Heat

After reeling under the chilly cold waves conditions and foggy mornings, the mercury levels have spiked quickly in the capital city of India, New Delhi, this month. February—which usually remains pleasant for Delhi—has set a new record with unprecedented daytime temperatures, as the residents got a preview of the upcoming intense summer heat. The latest seasonal outlook by the India Meteorological Department (IMD) suggests that northwestern parts of the country, including Delhi, must brace for a hotter-than-usual summer this year as daytime temperatures are set to breach the normal level marks.

In March, April, and May, the subdivision of Delhi, Haryana, and Chandigarh is expected to witness a whopping 0.71°C warmer-than-normal daytime temperatures on an average, while the night time temperatures would be 0.13°C warmer. The IMD predicted maximum temperatures to be higher than normal across north, northwest, and northeast India. For Delhi, the probability of a warmer-than-normal minimum temperature lies between 50%, while it is 60-70% probable for maximum temperatures.

As per the IMD, Delhi recorded the mean maximum temperature of 27.9°C, which was found to be the second-highest for the month since 1901. Before this, the highest mean maximum temperature was recorded in February 2006 at 29.7°C for Delhi. This year is regarded as the joint second warmest February, alongside February 1960, when compared to the data kept by IMD since 1901. The normal maximum temperature is 23.9°C for February, which sometimes fluctuates up to 25°C. As against this mean temperature, February 2021’s average daytime mercury level was four degrees higher than the normal, thus making the month exceptionally hot.

Parts of north India usually receive rains in February and March due to western disturbances. The IMD states that the absence of rains over the region could have led to a rise in mercury levels as only one system impacted the region last month. Lack of strong systems led to less windy conditions, and the average wind speed for Delhi fell well below 7 kmph.

Only at the beginning of the month, a short bout of rain lashed parts of the National Capital Region (NCR) under the influence of a western disturbance. “After that spell, we have not seen a western disturbance impacting Delhi NCR and this had led to such a spike in temperatures. No immediate respite is expected,” said Kuldeep Srivastava, head of IMD's Regional Weather Department in Delhi. In the last week of February, the temperatures were substantially high in Delhi. On February 25, it was noted at 33.2°C, while on February 24 it stood at 32.5°C and 33°C on February 26. On the last day of the month, it was recorded at 32.3°C. Moreover, the next seven-day forecast states that the maximum temperatures over Delhi will continue to remain well above the normal between 29°C to 33°C, along with some light rain due to the upcoming western disturbance towards the weekend.

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