An orange warning about lightning and thunderstorms is valid for two days from today (Tuesday) over parts of Central India across the meteorological subdivisions of West Madhya Pradesh, East Madhya Pradesh, Vidarbha and Chhattisgarh with a possible extension over Wednesday to the South-West.
The ‘Orange’ warning is a message to the public to be prepared for bad weather, while the ‘yellow’ alert of the lower grade allows them to be on the lookout and wait for updates. On Tuesday, only West Madhya Pradesh is under a yellow alert, while the rest are under an orange warning, with no Madhya Maharashtra alert being released.
Warning for Wednesday
All the Meteorological subdivisions including Marathawada bordering Madhya Maharashtra will also be brought under orange warning on Wednesday. In addition, under yellow warning, Telangana and North Interior part of Karnataka join the list on the same day as the snowy weather conditions zone moves from Central India further to south.
The warning for West Madhya Pradesh, East Madhya Pradesh, Vidarbha and Chhattisgarh was reduced to yellow on Thursday, whereas the bordering Madhya Maharashtra, Marathawada, Telangana, and North Interior part of Karnataka slipped under orange alert under the raised warning protocol, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) stated.
First wave of unseasonal Thunderstorms
Isolated stormy weather will take place on Friday over Vidarbha, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Maharashtra as the very first wave of unseasonal thunderstorms over the province. The Andaman & Nicobar Islands, the entry point to the waves arising from the Bay of Bengal, have already received moderate to heavy rainfall.
The prevailing weak western disruption will cause widespread isolated rainfall/snowfall over Uttarakhand for three days from Tuesday, the IMD stated. The Avalanche Warning Bulletin of the Defense Geoinformatics Research Establishment put Leh, Lahaul-Spiti, Kullu and East Sikkim at low risk (partially unsafe conditions).
Warning for hillsides
But North Sikkim is subject to a high medium-level alert hazard valid till this evening (partially unsafe climates, possibly triggering from the most avalanche-prone slopes, and that may reach the valley in medium size. Avoid moving on sloppy hillsides. Routes should be carefully chosen. Observe warnings during valley movements and evacuate from unsecured settlements on/near mudslide paths).
Back to the plains of North-West India, dense to very heavy fog is likely over parts of Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh and Delhi on Wednesday morning hours, and IMD has hinted at a decrease in intensity and spatial coverage thereafter. Relatively warm night temperatures may proceed in the plains for the next four to five days.