Hyderabad: The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), on 10 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 very likely to occur at isolated places of Adilabad, Nagarkurnool, Komaram Bheem, Asifabad, Mancherial, Jagtial, Karimnagar, Paddapalli, Jayashankar Bhupalpally, Medchal, Warangal Urban, Warangal Rural, Mahabubabad, Khammam, and Bhadradri Kothagudem in the state.
The IMD warned that rainwater may pool on the roads in low-lying areas. The roads will be wet and slippery, it said, suggesting people restrict their movements. “The southwest monsoon is active over Telangana which is contributing to the current rains,” said B. Raja Rao, an IMD official.
According to Mahesh Palawat, the head of Skymet, a private weather forecasting agency, “Due to the building of the concentration zone, the north-west wind is driving and meeting with southeasterly winds from the Bay of Bengal. The speed is nearly 5.4 kmph. A trough is also extending from eastern parts of Bihar to Rayalaseema. This trough is responsible for the rains. We are expecting the rains to continue for the next 24- 48 hours, particularly over northern and central districts of Telangana. Areas adjacent to Rayalaseema will receive lighter rains.”
The IMD’s weather interference for 10 July read, “A north-south trough at 4.5 km above mean sea level runs from east Uttar Pradesh to south Odisha across Chhattisgarh. The cyclonic circulation over south Odisha and neighbourhood at 3.1 km above mean sea level has become less marked.”