Reeling under scorching heat, parts of Uttarakhand are likely to receive some relief in the form of rain over the next few days.
Light rain and thunder showers are likely to occur at isolated places, especially in higher reaches, in Uttarkashi, Chamoli and Pithoragarh districts on April 2-3, the MeT Centre said.
Post April 3, the spread of rainfall is likely to extend further to other parts of the state as well, it forecast.
“While light to moderate rain and thunder showers are likely to occur at a few places in Uttarakhand on April 4, a wet spell of the similar intensity is likely to occur at most places in the state on April 5,” said Bikram Singh, the director of the Dehradun MeT Centre.
“Thereafter, from April 6 to 8, a slight decrease in precipitation seems to be on the cards,” he said.
Notably, temperatures are running over 5 to 8 degrees above normal for this time of year in most parts of the state for the past one week.
Dehradun also witnessed its hottest day in the month of March in the past 17 years on Friday, with 35.9 degrees Celsius, which was over seven degrees above normal.
According to the MeT Centre, Uttarakhand witnessed 44.6 millimetres rainfall or a deficit of around 18% from March 1 till 29, against the normal quantity of rain (54.2 mm) which should have been received during this period.
The likelihood of rain showers has brought cheers to the tourists who are visiting the hill towns of Uttarakhand these days.
“We planned to visit the Garhwal hills for a break from the soaring mercury in Delhi, but found out that things are not much different here either. We hope we enjoy a relatively cooler stay over the next few days,” said Debabrata Bhattacharya, a retired banker who was visiting Tehri on Saturday.