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IMD Issues Orange Alert for Several States until February 15, Urges Precautions

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The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued an orange alert for several states, forecasting rainfall and thunderstorm activity in Central India on February 13 and East India from February 13 to 15. Specifically, an orange alert for rainfall, thunderstorm, lightning, and hailstorm has been issued for East Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, and Jharkhand on February 13.

Residents are advised to take precautions, such as staying indoors and avoiding lying on concrete floors or leaning against concrete walls. The IMD emphasized, “Do not lie on concrete floors and do not lean against concrete walls.”

The weather forecast includes rainfall accompanied by thunderstorms and lightning over East Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, and Jharkhand from February 13 to 15, over Vidarbha on February 13, and over Bihar, West Bengal, and Sikkim during February 13 to 15.

Additionally, rainfall is predicted in Odisha on February 14 and 15, Uttar Pradesh on February 13 and 14, and over southeast Uttar Pradesh during February 13 to 14. Hailstorms are expected over East Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, and Jharkhand on February 13.

A cyclonic circulation over Punjab is likely to cause rainfall or snowfall over Uttarakhand on February 13 and in Punjab, Haryana, and West Rajasthan.

Furthermore, a Western Disturbance is anticipated to cause rainfall or snowfall over the Western Himalayan Region on February 17 and 18. Minimum temperatures are expected to rise by 2-4°C over Northwest India and by 2-3°C over many parts of East India in the next few days.

There is no significant change in minimum temperatures expected over Central India during the next 5 days. Dense fog has been observed in Punjab and Odisha, moderate fog in East Madhya Pradesh, and shallow fog in Delhi, Bihar, Coastal Andhra Pradesh, and Yanam on February 13.

Visibility of around 50 meters was recorded in Amritsar (Punjab), Paradip (Odisha), and around 200 meters in Jabalpur (East Madhya Pradesh). Palam reported varying visibility, starting from 800 meters at 05:30 am, dropping to 150 meters at 06:30 am, and reaching 50 meters as of 07:00 am on the same day.

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