New Delhi: Warning people of the forthcoming “intense western disturbance”, the meteorological department said that most parts of India would be facing thunderstorm accompanied by strong winds and hailstorm from March 11.
In a press release, the weather forecast agency stated that an intense western disturbance, which is currently lying in Iran and neighbourhood, would affect the Indian sub-continent from March 11.
The states and regions likely to be affected from tomorrow till Monday, according to the IMD, are:
The western Himalayan region: Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand [March 11–13].
The plains of northwest India: Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh [March 11–13].
The central states of India: Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Vidarbha [March 13–15].
The eastern states: Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha and West Bengal [March 13–14].
The Indian Meteorological department also issued guidance to farmers to tackle the storms:
1. Maintain proper drainage channels
2. Postpone irrigation
3. Undertake harvesting of matured crops at the earliest
4. Keep harvested produce in safer place
5. Use hail nets/hail caps to protect from mechanical damage in orchards
6. Keep animals indoor during Thunderstorm/hail hours.
Western Disturbance refers to the extratropical storm originating in the Mediterranean sea, that brings sudden winter rain to the northwestern parts of the Indian subcontinent, including India, Nepal and Pakistan. This is a non-monsoonal precipitation pattern driven by the Westerlies wind.