The MeT Department has predicted rains in most parts of Uttarkhand on Saturday and Sunday and heavy showers at one or two places in Uttarkashi, Chamoli, Rudraprayag, Dehradun, Pithoragarh, Bageshwar, Almora, Nainital and Champawat districts.
Meanwhile, heavy rainfall in Srinagar area of the state has caused River Alaknanda to reach danger mark. Water level of river Ganga is also rising and nears the danger mark in Haridwar. Few low-lying temples in the state are reported to be submerged due to excessive rainfall in the state.
Southwest Monsoon has been active over Uttarakhand and rest of North India for the last couple of days. Widespread moderate rains, with heavy at isolated places, have been observed over the region.
Uttarakhand has witnessed surplus rains so far in July, with on and off moderate showers over many parts. However, intensity of rainfall has increased during the last 48 hours.
The axis of the Monsoon trough will shift further up, close to the foothills of the Himalayas, increasing rainfall over Uttarakhand. At present, the Monsoon trough is running from Sri Ganganagar to Bay of Bengal across Delhi, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh.
Skymet Weather predicts inclement weather conditions and heavy Monsoon rains from July 16 to 18. This spell of rain will disrupt normal life in Uttarakhand. Situation is going to be grim as the hilly states generally fall apart during such incidents. The Char Dham Yatra could also be majorly affected.
The administration should take utmost precaution and it is best to avoid travel and tourism for at least one week. By then, weather will clear up and the overflowing rivers will subside.