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Saturday, September 10: While most parts of Northwest India have lately remained devoid of plentiful rains, the precipitation activity in Uttarakhand has started to pick up. In fact, over the next few days, the Himalayan state and its neighbouring territories are set to be drenched by some intense precipitation.

As per the India Meteorological Department (IMD), fairly widespread to widespread light to moderate rains, along with isolated heavy falls (64.5 mm-115.5 mm), thunderstorms and lightning will lash Uttarakhand for the next five days — from Saturday to Wednesday, September 10-14.

Its neighbouring states of Himachal Pradesh and Jammu-Kashmir are also likely to witness similar conditions for the next 24 hours.

Uttarakhand, however, will go a step further in the days to come — from Sunday to Wednesday (September 11-14), it will be on the receiving end of some very heavy downpours (115.5 mm-204 mm) at isolated locations.

In view of these predictions, the IMD has issued an orange alert across Uttarkhand on Sunday and Monday, September 11-12. The advisory urges the residents to ‘be prepared’ for rough conditions, and it may very well prevail over the state deeper into next week as well.

As for the northwestern plains, where dry-ish weather has become the new norm in the midst of the ongoing monsoon season, proper rains may finally pay a visit by the middle of next week.

The IMD has forecast widespread rains across Delhi, Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan starting next Wednesday (September 14), but it remains to be seen just how long this spell will last.

Meanwhile, since the beginning of the monsoon season on June 1, Uttarakhand has recorded rainfall worth 919.3 mm — 14% below its long-period average of 1067.1 mm, but nevertheless in the ‘normal’ category.

Jammu-Kashmir, Ladakh, Himachal and Haryana are the only other territories to register ‘normal’ precipitation in this time frame between June 1 and September 9. Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Punjab have all suffered major ‘deficits’, whereas Rajasthan has surprisingly enjoyed 35% ‘excess’ rainfall this monsoon season.


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