Dry/hot weather conditions and gusty winds will prevail over some parts of India as the 2019 Lok Sabha elections begin with the first phase of voting of today (April 11). A total of 91 Lok Sabha seats in 20 states and Union territories will go to poll. The first phase will see 1,729 candidates in the fray and nearly 14.21 crore people eligible to vote.
The state/Union territories where voting will be held today are: Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam , Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jammu and Kashmir, Maharashtra, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Odisha, Sikkim, Telangana, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, West Bengal, Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Lakshadweep.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecast that heat wave conditions will prevail in isolated parts in west Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh.
For the hill states of Jammu and Kashmir and Uttarakhand where polling will be held today, IMD has predicted that thunderstorm accompanied with hail, gusty winds and lightning are expected at isolated places.
The weather department has said that scattered rain is also expected in Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand over the next three days due to an approaching Western Disturbance.
In Uttar Pradesh, thunderstorm and duststrom are expected, whereas Odisha, coastal Andhra Pradesh, and Maharashtra are likely to experience thunderstorm accompanied with gusty winds and lightning at isolated places.
States like Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya and Mizoram (where polling will be held today) are expected to receive isolated rainfall, while Bihar and Andaman and Nicobar Islands will remain mostly dry.
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