Unusual December rain brings mercury down

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Cyclone Phethai dissipates; rain may continue in NE

HT Bureau

GUWAHATI, Dec 18: The sudden change in weather across Assam and most parts of northeast India is not a usual phenomenon. The Indian Meteorological department made weather forecast that there would be light to moderate rainfall in the Himalayan region for the next few days.

The formation of clouds in the past few days and inclement weather and non-stop rains since Monday night has brought the mercury down to record level in Assam.

Constant light to moderate rainfall, which came as welcome relief of month-long dry spell in the region, has become a torrential downpour since Tuesday morning.

The situation is same in almost the entire Northeastern region. The mercury has dipped down in Siang region — East Siang, West Siang, Lower Siang and Dibang Valley — of Arunachal Pradesh besides Dhemaji in North Assam as this winter drizzle has lashed the region since Monday midnight.

Tropical Cyclone ‘Phethai’, which weakened into a depression on Monday night, has further weakened into a low-pressure area on Tuesday morning. The rapid dissipation post-landfall has been due to the unfavourable environmental conditions, said India Meteorology Department (IMD). The Met Department has withdrawn all the warnings of very heavy rainfall, except for the Northeastern states.

Across Assam, the downpour is constant and the mercury has come down at an alarming rate overnight. The light rains will continue for another 3 days as per weather forecast.

The capital Guwahati has witnessed cold and wet rainy weather since morning and the Regional Meteorological Centre, Guwahati has predicted that it is not going to change till December 21 under the present circumstances.


Karbi Anglong

The incessant rains since early morning in Karbi Anglong has brought the temperature down hurriedly in Karbi Anglong district. The cold weather (14degree C) has driven people indoors and around bonfires at home. The roads and market places are almost deserted. There is very little private traffic on the roads in town on Tuesday.

In Diphu, road side vendors, who are usually seen selling vegetable, fish and meat till late at night, have gone missing on Tuesday. The main market is open but there are few customers.


Dima Hasao

The same is the situation in the Dima Hasao district. Due to incessant rain since Monday night the mercury in Haflong has dripped to 13 degree Celsius affecting normal life. Most of the shops and business establishment were seen partially open due to rain.

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