Earlier this week, a rally by Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray in Pune had to be called off after the city recorded intense shower. It was supposed to be Thackeray’s first rally in the city.
Weather forecast Today HIGHLIGHTS: Heavy rainfall is expected across Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura for the next 24 hours and over south peninsular India during the next 2-3 days.
Normally, the monsoon withdrawal begins from extreme northwest parts of the country, covering Rajasthan and Punjab, around September 1 and reaches central India states such as Maharashtra by October 1.
Weather forecast Today HIGHLIGHTS: The monsoon is also likely to begin its retreat from October 10, a delay of more than a month, the IMD said. This is the longest delayed withdrawal of monsoon as usually monsoon starts withdrawing from September 1.
Bihar, Uttar Pradesh Weather forecast Today HIGHLIGHTS: In some respite for Patna, there was no rainfall activity in the 24 hours ending 8.30 am this morning. The city is likely to experience one or two spells of rain or thundershowers today.
The IMD has issued a red alert for Mumbai on Thursday with forecast of "extremely heavy" rain at isolated places. The Met department has also issued an orange alert for Friday with forecast of "heavy to very heavy rain" at isolated places.
On Thursday, in a massive evacuation drive, around three lakh people were shifted to safer places as the cyclonic storm Vayu inched closer to the Gujarat coast. It was expected to make landfall between Dwarka and Veraval this afternoon.
The news will augur well for the country as large parts have been witnessing agriculture distress and water levels in reservoirs in west and south India have dipped to low levels in the past few months.
This dust storm was the second which hit the national capital and the adjoining region in last four days. Incidents of power cuts, fallen tress, fallen poles were reported from few parts of the national capital.
On Monday, the IMD issued an amber-coloured alert, signifying the level of caution, that is needed. There are four types of colour codes: green (no action), yellow (situation to be watched), amber (government agencies to be prepared for severe weather) and red (action needed).
It was a good news the government couldn’t wait to share. Amid prevailing drought and severe drinking water crisis in many parts of the country, the meteorological department Tuesday said this year’s monsoon season was likely to bring very good rainfall.