More Rains, Thunderstorm over Assam on the Anvil over next 5 Days
Guwahati and its adjoining areas are likely to receive moderate to heavy rainfall in the days to come, Regional Meteorological Department predicted.
Sources at the meteorology department also said that over the next five days, the weather will remain cloudy with chances of moderate rainfall and thunderstorms in isolated places in Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura while heavy rainfall is likely to occur at many places in Arunachal Pradesh.
"Due to western disturbance, a cold wave condition is prevailing in the country and causing rainfall during winters. As the wave travels from west to east, it has already resulted in heavy rainfall in Delhi NCR and other parts of north India. Now, the disturbance has travelled towards the northeast where Arunachal Pradesh is the most affected," informed Dr Sanjay O'Neill Shaw, Director, Regional Meteorology Centre, Guwahati.
He further stated that owing to the cloud cover, the temperature during morning hours dips as the moisture turns into tiny droplets. These droplets start to evaporate as soon as the sun comes out and it feels like fog.
“In Guwahati, fog doesn’t sustain for long hours owing to less pollution; the fog doesn’t get very thick and disappears soon,” he said.
January is the month for picnics but this year, rainfall is likely to play spoilsport and dampen the picnic spirit of Guwahatians. Heavy rains have already played spoilsport to the New Year's Day celebrations in many parts of the country including Ranchi, Hyderabad, Chennai and New Delhi.
In the last 24 hours, light to moderate rainfall occurred at isolated places over Assam. But in the next 24 hours, there are warnings of hailstorm at isolated places over Assam. Further, thunderstorm with lightning is likely to occur in the state on Sunday.
Rain likely to play spoilsport during Ind-SL match in Guwahati
With unseasonal rains predicted for Guwahati and the regions around it, the India vs Sri Lanka T20I match faces the very real possibility of being rained out. The humidity will be as high as 84%.
However, the good thing is that it is expected to be windy and the wind might blow the rain away.
"While the city of Guwahati will witness some isolated showers during the afternoon hours, the night time will remain pleasant and rain-free. Spectators should be able to enjoy the show without weather gods providing any hindrance," a source told G Plus.
The afternoon rains, however, may do enough damage to render the playing areas unusable.
“Barsapara stadium is equipped with water protection covers and drainage facilities which proved adequate during the India-Australia match that was held in Guwahati in 2017. We are confident that the facilities will prove themselves to be adequate in case of rain during the India VS Sri Lanka match as well. Barsapara stadium has high sand content in the soil which means that the drainage would be faster and more effective,” the source added.
The main field of Barsapara stadium is the first of its kind in the entire country, as it is 100% sand based with a detailed subsoil drainage network on grid pattern. The region is subject to very heavy precipitation, so the subsoil drainage system is designed to withstand cloudburst, such that play can start within minutes of a rain stoppage.
As Guwahati is set to witness a men’s international cricket match after over two years, cricket fans don't seem to be too bothered about the rain threats. Rains over the last couple of days haven't dampened their enthusiasm with over 27,000 match tickets having been sold out already.