New Delhi: With western disturbances prevailing over Jammu and Kashmir beginning to shift eastwards, thunderstorm activity is set to withdraw from the northern states and move to the north-eastern states in the next 24 hours.
In a weather warning issued for the five days until 12 May, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted that a thunderstorm with gusty winds with speeds of up to 70kmph is gradually moving into the sub-Himalayan region in West Bengal and Sikkim.
The shift is coupled with a cyclonic circulation over Haryana and the neighbouring states of Punjab and Uttarakhand which will also move eastwards towards west Uttar Pradesh and become less marked thereafter.
With the shift, weather conditions across northern states including Punjab, Haryana, Delhi and Rajasthan are likely to return to normal, while thunderstorms are expected at isolated places in the north-eastern states of Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura.
However, according to IMD, a fresh western disturbance is likely to affect the northern region after 13 May, which would cause widespread thunderstorm activity over north-west, central, north-east and peninsular India.
There is also likelihood of heavy rains in the southern states including Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Puducherry and south Odisha.
Several parts of north India were hit by a thunderstorm on 2 May, which led to loss of life and property. At least 124 people were killed, with Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh being the most-affected states.
While the IMD issued a weather warning, officials maintained that the intensity of the thunderstorm would be much lower than that of the 2 May storm, with wind speed of about 50-70 kmph.