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NE India Braces for Heavy Rains, Thunderstorms: Arunachal, Assam & Meghalaya Alerted from April 21-22

While much of the country has received unusually heavy rains this April, the northeastern sister states' rainfall statistics have been woefully inadequate. However, the region is poised for some heavy rain over the weekend, which could help bring the numbers up to par.

Shivam Dwivedi
NE India Braces for Heavy Rains, Thunderstorms: Arunachal, Assam & Meghalaya Alerted from April 21-22
NE India Braces for Heavy Rains, Thunderstorms: Arunachal, Assam & Meghalaya Alerted from April 21-22

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) reports that an atmospheric instability has settled in the northeastern region. In the coming days, this system is predicted to deliver lingering rains (and even snow at higher elevations) accompanied by isolated thunderstorms.

Heavy rains (64.5 mm-115.5 mm) are expected to fall over Arunachal Pradesh between Thursday and Saturday (April 20-22), as well as Assam and Meghalaya on Friday and Saturday (April 21-22).

Furthermore, showers of light to moderate intensity with thunderstorms, lightning, and gusty winds are extremely possible over Northeast India over the following four days (April 21-24).

Other Northeastern states, including Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, and Tripura, are expected to get isolated showers on Thursday, followed by widespread rainfall and thunderstorms on Friday, according to IMD.

In light of these forecasts, a yellow watch has been issued for the entire region of Northeast India for the rest of the week, urging residents to 'stay informed' about the severe weather.

The precipitation activity may protect the region from the hot conditions that are currently afflicting the East Indian states. However, any significant drop in temperature is also unlikely, with no significant changes in regional temperatures forecast over the following four days.

The rainfall statistics for the Northeast will change as a result of these showers. Arunachal Pradesh had only 57.8 mm of rain between April 1 and 19, representing a 'significant deficiency' of 69% compared to its long-term average for this time period.

In the same time period, Assam and Meghalaya received 51.4 mm, while N.M.M.T received 42.4 mm, resulting in deficits of 51% and 47%, respectively.

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