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RELIEF FROM SCORCHING HEAT TO STAY: MET

Friday, 04 May 2018 | PNS | Dehradun– The people of Uttarakhand would get relief from the searing summer heat for some more days as it would continue to rain sporadically across the State till May 8. According to the weather officers, the sky would remain overcast in most parts of the state while some areas, particularly those in the Kumaon region, might experience rain/thunderstorm on Friday. In Dehradun too, the sky is likely to remain party under the cover of the clouds on Friday and there is a possibility of rain/thunderstorm in some parts of the capital on the day. Following Wednesday afternoon rain/thunderstorm, the climate in Dehradun remained a little cooler than the normal on Thursday. The residents said that the rain had brought them some respite from the sweltering heat they experienced before the climate turned wet on Wednesday afternoon. “We hope we would be spared the scorching sun for some more days thanks to the western disturbance-spawned rain,” said a resident of Raipur. The weathermen said that a fresh western disturbance is likely to settle in the State on May 5 under whose impact it might rain for two/three days since. Meanwhile, light to moderate rainfall/thunderstorm occurred at some places in Uttarakhand over the past 24 hours. Hail/Thunder squall also occurred at isolated places like Mussoorie, Lohaghat and Jakholi. By 8.30 am on Thursday, 40 mm rainfall each was reported from Chamoli and Jakholi while 20 mm each from Haldwani, Karnaprayag, Pithoragarh, Dharchula and Dunda and 10 mm each from Mukteshwar, Nainital, Almora, Ukhimath, Bhatwadi, Bageshwar, Garud, Tehri, Ghansali, Uttarkashi, Ranikhet, Hardwar, Mussoorie, Dwarhat, Barkot, Uttarkashi, Gairsain, Gangolihat, Chaukhutia, Dehradun, Champawat and Rudraprayag. The highest maximum temperature of the state  35.9°C was recorded at Srinagar in Pauri district while the lowest minimum temperature 7.7°C was recorded  at Mukteshwar in Nainital district on Thursday. Hail/thunder squall (speed reaching up to 70-80 kmph) has been forecast at isolated places especially in Kumaon region during  the next 24 hours starting from Thursday evening. Light rain/thunderstorm is likely to lash isolated places, especially in Uttarkashi, Chamoli, Rudraprayag and Pithoragarh districts on May 6 and May 7. The maximum temperature in Dehradun was on the lower side, settling in the neighbourhood of 32/33 degree Celsius on Thursday and the minimum settled at 17 degree Celsius. The Uttarakhand meteorological centre director Bikram Singh said on Thursday that the sky would remain partly cloudy in Dehradun throughout Friday. “Besides, there is a possibility of rain/thundershower in some parts of the city on the day too,” he said. He further said that the approach of the scorching summer would be delayed by a few days as it would continue to rain with varying intensity across the state under the impact of the western disturbance which is settled in the state. He added that the rain might be a bit more intense in the Kumaon division than in the Garhwal,” he said.

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