Guwahati: For most northeastern states, a drier-than-usual August resulted in their monsoon rainfall statistics falling below the seasonal average. But now, the recuperation process looks set to kick off immediately, with the region expected to begin September on a very wet note.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted fairly widespread to widespread light to moderate rains, along with isolated heavy falls (64.5 mm-115.5 mm), thunderstorms and lightning across Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura during the next five days — from Thursday to next Monday (September 1-5).
Similar conditions are also to be expected across the adjoining subdivision of Sub-Himalayan West Bengal (SHWB) and Sikkim during this five-day forecast period.
Furthermore, isolated very heavy showers (115.5 mm-204 mm) are also likely to lash SHWB and Sikkim from Thursday to Saturday (September 1-3) and Arunachal Pradesh, Assam and Meghalaya on Friday and Saturday (September 2-3).
In view of these predictions, the IMD has issued an orange alert (‘be prepared’ for rough weather) over SHWB-Sikkim for the next 48 hours, after which the advisory will be downgraded to a yellow watch (‘be aware’ of weather situation). On the other hand, the seven northeastern sister states will all remain on a yellow watch for the next five days, although the alert level may get upgraded if the weather intensifies.