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A brief rainstorm accompanied by thunder and lightning.
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(Physical Geography) a heavy shower during a thunderstorm
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(ˈθʌn dərˌʃaʊ ər)

a shower accompanied by thunder and lightning.
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Noun1.thundershower - a short rainstorm accompanied by thunder and lightning
rainstorm - a storm with rain
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Smith, 'it chanced that when they were out on a picnic excursion, the two were compelled by a thundershower to take shelter in a narrow recess of the rocks of Monument Mountain.
Weather remained hot and humid in most parts of the country during last 24 hours however, rain with thundershower occurred at isolated places in Malakand, Hazara, Peshawar, Rawalpindi, Lahore, Gujranwala, Zhob, Islamabad and Kashmir.
Showers or thundershowers will occur at a few places in Uva province and in Ampara and Batticaloa districts after 2.00 pm.
Thundershowers with occasionally dangerous lightning are most likely to occur in the north, particularly in New Taipei City, Taoyuan City, and Hsinchu County, according to forecasters.
"Rain and thundershowers with gusty winds will affect over Bilaspur, Baddi, Chamba, Hamirpur, Kangra, Kinnaur, Kullu, Lahaul-Spiti, Mandi, Shimla, Sirmaur, Solan and Una during next 4-6 hours," the agency stated.
Showers or thundershowers may occur at a few places in Uva province and in Batticaloa and Ampara districts after 2.00 p.
"There is a chance of isolated rains, which will eventually lead to some thundershowers. These thundershowers will mostly affect the wadis, so those who are crossing the wadis must be careful because the water level will be high.
Showers or thundershowers will occur at times in the sea areas off the coast extending from Trincomalee to Puttalam via Kankesanthurai.
Apart from Himachal Pradesh, others states such as Haryana, Chandigarh and Delhi, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, West Rajasthan and Odisha are also likely to receive rains followed by thundershowers later in the day, the IMD predicted.
Prevailing rainy condition in the south-western part of the island is expected to continue with showers or thundershowers expected to occur at times in Western, Southern, Sabaragamuwa, Central and North-Western provinces.