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Monsoon moves rapidly to cover two-thirds of India; heavy rains to hit from Karnataka to Odisha

Prime News, National, New Delhi, June 19:-The southwest monsoon may have broken over the Kerala coast two days behind schedule but it has progressed rapidly to cover two-thirds of the country, triggering intense rainfall in Maharashtra, West Bengal, Odisha and Karnataka. Several northern states have also been experiencing cloudy sky and moderate downpour.

According to weather predictions, widespread rainfall with isolated heavy showers is expected along the west coast due to strengthening of westerly winds and off-shore trough along west coast towards end of month. Rainfall is said to be “near normal” in the remaining parts of the country outside northeastern states and extreme southern parts of southern Peninsular India.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has said in its two-week forecast that monsoon progress is likely to pick up between June 27 and June 30 and advance to most parts of northwest India outside west Rajasthan.

Other phenomena behind rainfall across India

In the eastern region, a cyclonic circulation over Gangetic West Bengal and neighbouring areas is causing widespread rainfall. Heavy to very heavy rain is expected in Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Sikkim and north Odisha during the next two-three days.

A cyclonic circulation is also lying over east Uttar Pradesh and its neighbourhood, raising possibility of heavy to very heavy downpour over east Uttar Pradesh during the next two-three days. Uttarakhand will also see heavy to very heavy rains due to a western disturbance that is running from north Jammu & Kashmir to northeast Arabian Sea.

An offshore trough (line of low pressure), running from south Gujarat coast to north Kerala coast, will cause rains over Konkan, Goa, Madhya Maharashtra Karnataka, Kerala and Mahe.

Mere heavy to very heavy rainfall (70-200 mm) is likely to occur at one or two places.

IMD issues red alert in Karnataka

The IMD on Friday issued red alerts for heavy to very heavy rainfall in three districts in Karnataka for Friday and Saturday. IMD has also issued an orange alert for three other districts for the same period.

“Red alert for heavy to very heavy rainfall issued in Dakshin Kannada, Udupi and Uttara Kannada districts for today and tomorrow. Orange alert issued in Kodagu, Hassan, Chikkamagaluru and Shivamogga districts for the same period,” news agency ANI on Friday quoted IMD Karnataka as saying.

Delhi witnesses pre-monsoon rainfall

A short spell of rain lashed several parts of the national capital on Thursday providing respite from the hot weather to the residents. The city recorded a maximum temperature of 35 degrees Celsius, four notches below normal, while the minimum temperature settled at 26.2 degrees Celsius, two notches below season’s average, according to the Indian Meteorological Department.

The relative humidity recorded was 51 per cent. The weatherman has forecast generally cloudy sky with light rain or drizzle in Delhi on Friday. Delhi’s air quality was in the moderate category on Thursday. Data from the Central Pollution Control Board showed that the hourly air quality index (AQI) at 7.05 pm stood at 108.

-NAV, Inputs: Agencies

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