IMD issues rain alert for North and South India as heavy downpours hit many states

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The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a rain alert for several states in North and South India, as heavy downpours continue to affect many areas. IMD has forecasted light to intense rain, thunderstorms, and lightning for several states, including parts of Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, northeast India, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, and Jammu. The weather bulletin was issued on Monday night, as many areas across India received rainfall and thunderstorms, with some places even experiencing hailstorms.

Several states have been put on alert due to the heavy rainfall, with some areas experiencing snowfall. Pilgrims going to the Badrinath and Kedarnath temples were asked to stop in Srinagar due to the intermittent snowfall. A yellow alert has been issued in Uttarakhand, while an orange alert and heavy rainfall warning has been issued for Himachal Pradesh for the next few days, with heavy rainfall expected for the next 48 hours.

In Delhi, the temperature dipped to 19.3 degrees Celsius on Tuesday after heavy rains lashed the city on Monday. The IMD has forecasted thundershowers and gusty winds for the day, while the Air Quality Index (AQI) recorded a 'satisfactory' reading of 73 on Tuesday. The city recorded a minimum temperature of 19.6 degrees Celsius on Monday, which was five notches below normal. The relative humidity was recorded at 87%, and the maximum temperature was recorded at 26.1 degrees Celsius. The IMD has urged people to take necessary precautions, particularly in areas that are at risk of landslides and flash floods.