January 10, 2020 07:45 AM NPT
By: Aditi Baral
There are still chances of slight to moderate rainfall next week
KATHMANDU, Jan 10: After gloomy weather with active winter rainfall for many days, most parts of Nepal are set to see improved weather conditions beginning Friday, according to the Meteorological Forecasting Division (MFD).
A meteorologist at MFD, Barun Paudel, said the active winter rainfall over the past couple of days came to an end on Thursday. “This year, we experienced more active winter rainfall compared to previous years,” he said.
Most parts of the country saw cloudy weather over the past few days, with moderate snowfall in the high hills and mountain region and light rain in the western hills. Heavy rainfall in the mountains obstructed major highways, affecting normal life.
The weather is predicted to clear from Friday for the next few days, according to MFD. Although the mornings will still be foggy, the days will be warmer with varying amounts of sunshine.
The weather can still fluctuate over most of the country, though. This year’s heavy clouds formed due to a low pressure system. It was one of the most active winter rainfall patterns in the past few years. The western region experienced 25-30 mm of rain. The central and eastern regions had light to moderate rain with overcast skies all day.
Meteorologist Paudel said the somewhat different weather pattern this winter was quite natural and there was nothing to really worry about.
One of the benefits of winter rain is the clearing out of air pollution. It also benefits farmers growing winter crops like wheat, barley, mustard and potatoes, he added.
Winter rain also influences snowfall in the mountains. The snow later helps replenish various water resources. However, Paudel suggested that there should be adequate alternatives in case of uncertain winter rain.