Weather update: Parts of Himachal to witness heavy rainfall, lightning
Heavy rainfall, thunderstorms and lightning have been predicted in isolated places over the plains, low and mid hills of Himachal Pradesh.
"Heavy rainfall, thunderstorms and lightning likely at isolated places on 18. 09. 2023 over plains, low and mid hills of the state. Damage may occur to standing crops, fruit plants, new plantings and poor visibility. Traffic congestion and disruption in electric supply," the Ministry of Earth Sciences, Meteorological Centre in Shimla has predicted.
The Met Department Shimla also issued directions to avoid damage during heavy rainfall spells.
"Make proper drainage channels on account of heavy rain, To avoid the direct impact of heavy rainfall, thunderstorms and lightning on new saplings, make adequate arrangements, farmers are advised to reschedule the spraying of insecticide," it further stated.
The Weather Department also advised keeping bee colonies disease-free, neat and clean, as well as providing a drainage system and avoiding watering during periods of heavy rain.
Earlier in the day, the Bhopal Met Department predicted light to moderate rain in parts of western Madhya Pradesh during the next 24 hours.
“The low-pressure area which was formed on Sunday in western Madhya Pradesh is now slowly moving towards Rajasthan. Right now it is heading from East Rajasthan to Western Rajasthan. The monsoon trough is also moving towards the Bay of Bengal," IMD Bhopal Meteorologist, Prakash Dhole said.
“The weather conditions in the state capital will be cloudy, there is a possibility of light rainfall with thunderstorms and lightning here. The temperature is likely to remain between 28 and 29 degrees Celsius while the minimum temperature is likely to be 24 degrees Celsius in the state,” he said.