September 19, 2020 | 1:58 AM IST
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Western disturbances, cyclone in South dip temperatures in country; weather department predicts heavy rains

On Monday, as rains lashed several places in Maharashtra due to the active Western disturbances, it brought about a dip in daytime temperature. Reports of thunderstorms and strong winds, and heavy rainfall were reported from several parts of the state.
The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), Mumbai, has predicted that Akola, Amravati, Bhandara, Buldhana, Chandrapur, Gadchiroli, Gondia, and Nagpur will have to face medium to heavy rainfall in the coming days.

The weather conditions in the west and northern parts of the country too experienced a change in temperature by the Sunday evening. The day-time temperatures in Delhi dipped by 10 degrees as dust storms blew at a pace of 74 kilometers per hour. The temperatures dropped from 38 degrees to 28 degrees in just half an hour and the sky turned dark by noon.
Similar weather conditions were witnessed in Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, and Bihar. In Uttar Pradesh, about 25 people lost their lives and several people were injured due to unseasonal rain and hailstorm. The calamities were reported from Fatehpur, Ballia, and Kasganj.
The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted light to moderate rains in over Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Haryana, and Northwest Uttar Pradesh during the next 24 hours.  It has issued an orange alert (heavy to very heavy rainfall) for the next 48 hours in Uttarakhand.
In addition, light to moderate rainfall has been predicted in East Uttar Pradesh, South-Eastern Madhya Pradesh, South Chhattisgarh, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Bihar, Jharkhand, and parts of Tamil Nadu in the forthcoming days.
Meanwhile, a cyclonic circulation that is forming over the Southern Andaman Sea and Southeastern Bay of Bengal, will affect coastal regions of Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, and eastern states of India including Assam, Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh.

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