Hyderabad: The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), on 6 July, predicted thunderstorms accompanied by lightning at isolated places over Telangana in the next 24 hours. In its weather forecast, the IMD said heavy rain is very likely to occur in districts like Adilabad, Nagarkurnool, Komaram Bheem Asifabad, Mancherial, Jagtial, Karimnagar, Paddapalli, Jayashankar Bhupalpally, Medchal, and Bhadradri Kothagudem in the state.

The formation of cumulonimbus clouds in these areas is causing thunderstorms and lightning. “The cumulonimbus clouds form when the temperature of the clouds is higher than that of the surrounding areas. The atmosphere becomes unstable due to the formation of the cumulonimbus causing thunderstorms,” said B. Raja Rao, an IMD official.

He added, “Thunderstorms are normal in the monsoon season. Thunderstorm activity is usually high during pre-monsoon. During monsoon, the intensity becomes low, which means the height of the cloud is very less as compared to the pre-monsoon.”

According to Mahesh Palawat, the head of Skymet, a private weather forecasting agency, “Humid air from the Arabian Sea as well as from the Bay of Bengal is feeding moisture to northern districts of Telangana. Thunderstorms are expected in northern and southern districts of the state for the next 24 hours. After that, the weather will stay normal for four-five days. However, localised weather activities may continue.

The rain will also reduce after 24 hours. As the trough starts moving north, moisture feed will also be cut off.”

The IMD’s weather inference for 6 July read, “The low-pressure area over southeast Jharkhand and neighbourhood with associated upper cyclonic circulation extending up to 7.6 km above mean sea level tilting southwestwards with height persists.”

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