Rain, thunderstorms likely over NE & adjoining East India till Feb 23 : IMD

New Delhi, Feb 21 (UNI) India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Wednesday predicted rainfall and thunderstorms over Northeast and adjoining East India till February 23.

Under the influence of a cyclonic circulation over northeast Assam and high moisture feeding from the Bay of Bengal over East and Northeast India during the next 2-3 days, “Fairly widespread to widespread moderate rainfall with thunderstorms and lightning is very likely over Arunachal Pradesh from February 21 to 23,” the IMD said.

Parts of Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura are also likely to witness moderate rainfall along with winds gusting to 60 kmph from February 21 to 27, it said.

The MeT department also predicted isolated to scattered moderate rainfall, thunderstorms and lightning along with winds gusting to 60 kmph over Bihar, Jharkhand on February 21.

Rainfall is expected in West Bengal and Sikkim on February 21 and 22, with gusty winds reaching up to 60 kmph over Gangetic West Bengal expected on February 22.

According to IMD, “Hailstorm activity is also very likely at isolated places over Sub-Himalayan West Bengal and Sikkim on February 21 and over Gangetic West Bengal on February 22,” the IMD said.

Hot and humid weather is very likely to prevail over coastal Odisha, Rayalaseema and Kerala on February 21 and 22, it said.

The IMD further said, “Isolated to scattered light to moderate rainfall accompanied by thunderstorms and lightning is also very likely over the Western Himalayan Region from February 21 to 27 under the influence of western disturbances.”

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