Dehradun and its surrounding areas have experienced heavy rainfall for the past two days, causing a significant drop in temperature. The Western Disturbances are responsible for this weather condition, and as a result, the Meteorological Department has issued an orange alert for moderate snowfall and hailstorms in high-altitude areas of Bageshwar, Chamoli, Pithoragarh, Rudraprayag, and Uttarkashi till May 5.
This is the first time in 14 years that Dehradun has recorded a maximum temperature of below 20 degrees Celsius in the month of May. The maximum temperature recorded is 19.9 degrees Celsius, which is 15 degrees Celsius below the average temperature. The minimum temperature recorded is 17.8 degrees Celsius.
The capital city has received 28mm of rainfall in the past 24 hours, which is 300% above normal. Other areas such as Mussoorie, Chakrata, Dhanaulti, Vikasnagar, and Rishikesh have also witnessed rainfall since Sunday night. The amount of rainfall received in the past 24 hours includes 24mm in Mussoorie, 22mm in Chakrata, 21mm in Vikasnagar, 20mm in Rishikesh, and 17mm in Dhanaulti.
Due to the heavy rain and snowfall expected till May 5, the Meteorological Department has advised the authorities to limit the number of pilgrims visiting for the Char Dham Yatra. Passengers and drivers have also been advised to postpone their journeys and take precautions.
In conclusion, the recent weather conditions in Dehradun and surrounding areas have resulted in heavy rainfall and a significant drop in temperature. The authorities have issued an orange alert for snowfall and hailstorms in certain areas, and people have been advised to take necessary precautions.