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Persistent rains to soak flood-weary northern Pakistan, India through late April

Northern Pakistan and India will have to wait until the second half of April for a prolonged break from flooding downpours.

A slow-moving storm will ignite daily downpours in northern Afghanistan and across northern Pakistan into India's Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir into this weekend. Rainfall will generally total 25-75 mm (1-3 inches).

"There will be up to 150 mm (6 inches) in the mountainous terrain of Pakistan to Jammu and Kashmir," AccuWeather Meteorologist Adam Douty said. "The rain will not be as heavy on Sunday [when compared to Friday and Saturday], but it will persist into the end of the weekend."

In wake of the recent heavy rain and deadly flooding, any downpours can trigger new or aggravate existing flooding problems and heighten the risk for mudslides. A couple of thunderstorms will also produce hail.

"Isolated thunderstorms moving across Pakistan's northern Balochistan province through Saturday will threaten to cause localized downpours," AccuWeather Meteorologist Eric Leister said. "Though the rainfall is forecast to be less than what caused last week's flooding."

As of Thursday, the National Disaster Management Authority of Pakistan said the preliminary death toll due to the initial flooding throughout Pakistan is 62 with nearly 100 other people injured. A total of 171 homes were damaged.

"Residents should avoid flood-prone areas and are reminded to never drive through floodwaters," Leister said.

The departure of the storm will allow drier weather to return for the start of the new week, but a new storm will bring another round of downpours and flooding concerns later in the week.

An end to the stormy weather will not come with the end of March, according to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Jason Nicholls.

"The weather will stay active into the first half of April, but then it should dry out later in April," Nicholls said.

Northern Pakistan and India typically turn drier during the late spring and early summer months before the monsoon rains arrive.

Heavy rainfall triggers mudslides near Fujairah; thunderstorms impacted U.A.E.

Nicholls anticipates that this drier pattern will develop faster than most years, leading to May and June being drier than normal.

"Between May and June, there is higher confidence in June being the drier of the two months when compared to normal."

For residents who are worried that the drier months ahead will translate into a drought this summer, Nicholls has good news for when the monsoon rains return to northern Pakistan and India.

"These areas could see a wetter than normal middle to latter part of summer."