Rain may prove spoilsport on Holi for the people of the hill regions of the state as per the forecast issued by the state meteorological centre. According to the forecast, the climate would be generally cloudy on Thursday- the day the Holi would be celebrated- and the hilly areas might receive rain.
On Wednesday, a few places might receive light rain, snow and thunderstorm, the weathermen said. Besides, it might snow at the higher reaches of the hills on the day. As per the Met department’s forecast, places situated at an altitude of 3500 meters and above might receive snowfall on Wednesday and also on Thursday.
The State Met centre has also given a yellow-coded warning of squall likely to lash isolated places in the plains, especially in Haridwar and Udham Singh Nagar districts, on Wednesday, the speed varying from 40-50 km per hour to 60 km per hour. In Dehradun city, the climate might be cloudy with possibility of light rain and thunderstorm. The maximum and minimum temperatures are likely to be around 30 degree Celsius and 14 degree Celsius respectively on the day.
Speaking of the climate, the director of the state Met centre Bikram Singh said, “While the state would have cloudy sky rain is likely at isolated places of the state like Uttarkashi and Chamoli districts on the day Holi would be celebrated. Some other areas may receive light rainfall.
The mercury might rise a little since the mid-day.” He further said that there is a likelihood of rain and thunderstorm in some areas on Wednesday too. “The mercury may go up by a couple of degrees after the Holi,” he added.
The maximum and minimum temperatures recorded at various towns of the state on Tuesday were 29.0 degree Celsius and 13.0 degree Celsius in Dehradun, 29.3 degree Celsius and 11.2 degree Celsius in Pantnagar, 18.8 degree Celsius and 5.5 degree Celsius in Mukteshwar and 18.8 degree Celsius and 7.8 degree Celsius in New Tehri.