Hyderabad: The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), on 1 August, predicted thunderstorms accompanied by lightning in isolated places of Telangana for the next 48 hours. It also said light to moderate rain or thundershowers will likely occur in many parts of Hyderabad.

Mahesh Palawat, the head of Skymet, a private weather forecasting agency, said, “The trough that extends from the eastern parts of Bihar to Telangana across Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh is bringing rains. Humid air from the Arabian Sea as well as from the Bay of Bengal is feeding moisture to the northern districts of Telangana. Thunderstorms are expected in the state for the next 48 hours. The weather should stay normal for a day after that. From 4 August, it will rain heavily for the next two days.”

According to the Telangana State Development Planning Society, Mossapet in Hyderabad has received 48.5 mm rainfall, highest in the city. Mallampalli in Mulugu district received 87.5 mm rainfall, the highest in the state till 3 p.m on Saturday.

The IMD’s weather inference for 1 August read, “The east­west shear zone now lies roughly along latitude 15°N, tilting southwards with a height between 3.1 km and 5.8 km above mean sea level. A low-pressure area is likely to form over north Bay of Bengal around 4 August. The trough from Marathwada to north Tamil Nadu across interior Karnataka at 1.5 km above mean sea level has become less marked.”

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