February is typically a dry time of year for India and that has been the case this year with scant rainfall totals reported across the country. However, a change in the weather pattern will bring the return of storms later this week.
Showers will start in far northern India late Thursday or Thursday night before spreading to the south and east.
By the end of the weekend, northern suburbs from Delhi to Kolkata could each receive a shower or two, but the more persistent showers will occur between the two cities.
“The most numerous showers will be found across northwestern India in Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and western Uttar Pradesh,” said AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Adam Douty.
Rainfall amounts will likely total less than 10 mm (0.40 of an inch), which is about the average total rainfall for the month of February in much of this region. There could, however, be a few places that experience a heavy downpour.
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Downpours could slow travel across much of northwestern India as they move through the area, and some localized flooding is possible given how dry it’s been lately.
Additionally, the showers will replace the hazy conditions and help improve air quality.
These showers come during a time of year when rainfall totals are typically meager. As of Feb. 18, Delhi has been totally dry since the start of the month. The city of Lucknow has also had a dry February, with less than 1 mm (less than 0.03 of an inch) of rainfall since mid-January
In addition to rain moving through northern India, a few showers will move from the Bay of Bengal into the Indian Ocean, bringing some showers across Sri Lanka and the southern tip of India.
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