Voting for Phase 3 of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections will commence tomorrow across 15 states and union territories for 116 constituencies. All seats in Gujarat, Goa, Kerala, and the union territories of Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu will go to polls tomorrow, as will some constituencies in Maharashtra, Odisha, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, West Bengal, Bihar, Assam and Jammu & Kashmir.
According to the election commission, the previous two phases recorded a voter turnout of nearly 70%. That’s a lot of people braving the elements to participate in the democratic process. So if it’s your turn to exercise your franchise tomorrow, let’s take a look at what the weather has in store for your region.
According to The Weather Company’s meteorologists, most parts of Gujarat and Maharashtra (as well as other parts of central and inland western India) are likely to reel under heat wave conditions, with temperatures expected to soar beyond 40°C–and in isolated cases, above 45°C this week. If you plan to step out after 10 am to join the queue at the polling station, make sure to equip yourself with an umbrella and plenty of water, and cover your head and body to avoid exposure to harsh sunlight.
Odisha, Karnataka, Chhattisgarh, UP will also likely experience maximum temperatures above 40°C on Tuesday.
On the other hand, wet weather conditions are forecast across Kerala for the next few days. The change in weather patterns is due to the convergence of warm and moist winds from the Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal. Regional met centre has forecast isolated thunderstorms coupled with gusty winds are likely over coastal parts of Kerala during the next 24 hours. The Weather Company Met team also expects 5-10mm rainfall along in most parts of Kerala until Tuesday evening.
Similarly, according to the IMD, isolated places in Odisha and other coastal regions of eastern India may witness thunderstorms, accompanied by gusty winds (up to 40-50kmph) and lightning on Tuesday. Some parts of Chhattisgarh may receive thunderstorms as well. This weather phenomenon can be attributed to the unstable conditions brought in by the incursion of southerly moist winds from the Bay of Bengal. Temperatures in some parts of Odisha have also been recorded to be above normal.
According to The Weather Channel, Jammu and Kashmir is likely to remain dry for most part of the day. However, a fresh western disturbance and its induced cyclonic circulation over north India will bring scattered snow and rain to the hilly areas on Tuesday. Anantnag district in the state is up for polls and the elevated areas in the constituency may witness some snowfall.
Eastern and northeastern regions are also headed for wet weather on Tuesday. Voters in Assam, Tripura and West Bengal may need to keep the umbrellas handy. A western disturbance and its induced cyclonic circulation over the region will bring rain, snow and thunderstorms over the hilly regions of northeast India.
Stay tuned to The Weather Channel for constant weather updates during this election season!
Lok Sabha Election 2019: Weather Update for Phase 3 on Tuesday, April 23