The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecast “very heavy” rainfall in Mumbai over the weekend and has advised people to stay indoors on Friday and Saturday. “As rainfall activity is likely to enhance from June 8 with further increase on June 9, people are advised to abstain from outdoor activities as much as possible during the period and also watch for weather updates from the Regional Meteorological Centre, Mumbai,” the weather department said in a statement. As rains soaked Mumbai on Thursday, at least three flights, including a Jet Airways flight from London, were diverted and train services in the suburban section reported delays.
The weather department had earlier issued a red alert of extremely heavy rainfall for June 8 in Goa. IMD-Goa Director M L Sahu said, “Today the monsoon reached Goa. The northern limit has reached up to Mormugao, so South Goa is covered under the South West monsoon. In the next 24 hours all of Goa will be covered. The monsoons will be fully active in the next three or four days. “Tomorrow (Friday) there will be extremely heavy rainfall and we have issued a red alert. 95 per cent rainfall is expected in the State. Monsoon will spread across Konkan region and Maharashtra in coming days,” he added.
IMD forecast 'very heavy' rainfall in Mumbai and Goa today and tomorrow. Track the latest updates below
Red flags at Goa beaches during monsoon
To warn people about the dangers of wading or swimming in the sea during the monsoons, red flags will be put at beaches in Goa, a PTI report said. The Goa government shuts down beaches for swimming and other water sports activities during the monsoon from June to August each year as a precautionary step. This includes a 61-day fishing ban that started from June 1 and ends on July 31.
Four killed in lightning in Jharkhand
Four persons, including a girl, were killed when lightning struck them in two separate incidents in Jharkhand, police said. A man and his daughter were working in their field at Ramtunda village of Chatra district when lightning struck them during rain, killing them on the spot, a police officer said. In another incident, two persons were killed when lightning struck near Khetko village in Bokaro district this afternoon.
Light rains brought down day temperatures at a few places in Rajasthan, even as Churu was the hottest place in the state recording a high of 45.5 degrees Celsius.
Heavy rains in Shimla
Heavy rains lashed Shimla and adjoining areas this afternoon, causing drop in day temperature. The local meteorological office has warned of thunderstorm with gusty winds at isolated places in Shimla, Solan, Sirmaur, Mandi and Kullu districts on Saturday and Sunday.
Parts of west coast to receive 'extremely heavy rainfall' in next two-three days: IMD
The IMD once again alerted residents on India's west coast about the possibility of "extremely heavy rainfall" in parts of the region during next 2-3 days. The IMD said the monsoon has advanced to parts of central Arabian Sea, Goa, Karnataka, Rayalaseema region and coastal Andhra Pradesh, parts of south Konkan, south-central Maharashtra, Marathwada, Vidarbha, south Chhattisgarh, south Odisha, Telangana, and west-central and north Bay of Bengal. "Increased rainfall activity over coastal Karnataka, Goa and south Maharashtra is likely to continue till June 10. It is very likely to extend to north coastal Maharashtra, including Mumbai, from tomorrow. Extremely heavy rainfall at isolated places in these regions is very likely during this period," the department said.
Strengthening of Monsoon leading to enhanced rainfall activity along west coast
Increased rainfall activity over coastal Karnataka, Goa and south Maharashtra is likely to continue till June 10. It is very likely to extend to north coastal Maharashtra, including Mumbai from tomorrow. Extremely heavy rainfall at isolated places in these regions is also very likely during this period. The rainfall activity over these regions is likely to reduce from June 12.
Conditions are very likely to become favorable for further advance of Southwest Monsoon into most parts of Arabian Sea, remaining parts of Maharashtra, some parts of south Gujarat region, southern parts of Madhya Pradesh, some more parts of Chhattisgarh and Odisha, some parts of West Bengal and Sikkim, remaining parts of Northeastern States and Bay of Bengal during the subsequent 48 hours.
Conditions are favorable for further advance of Southwest Monsoon into some more parts of Central Arabian Sea, Maharashtra (including Mumbai), Chhattisgarh and Odisha and remaining parts of Coastal Andhra Pradesh during next 24 hours.
Southwest Monsoon has further advanced into some more parts of Central Arabian Sea, remaining parts of Goa, Karnataka and Rayalaseema, some parts of south Konkan, south Madhya Maharashtra, Marathwada, Vidarbha, south Chhattisgarh and south Odisha, entire Telangana, most parts of Coastal Andhra Pradesh, remaining parts of West Central Bay of Bengal and most parts of North Bay of Bengal. The Northern Limit of Monsoon (NLM) passes through Lat. 17°N/ Long. 60°E, Lat. 17°N/ Long. 70°E, Ratnagiri. Solapur, Nanded, Adilabad, Bailadila, Malkangiri, Kalingapatnam, Lat. 21°N/ Long. 90°E, Agartala, Lumding, north Lakhimpur and Lat. 29°N/ Long. 95°E.
Rain lashes parts of Bihar
Angry Lucknow residents questioned the rationale behind the government's pre-monsoon jobs. Internet connectivity was also been hit at some places due to waterlogging or snapping of the optical fibre cable.
IN Lucknow, as roads were dug up for sewer pipeline laying to improve the drainage system ahead of the monsoon, many low lying areas turned into pools and people had to wade through them.
There were heavy traffic snarls at many places like Hazratganj, Alambagh, Narahi, Indiranagar, Aliganj and Gomtinagar with office goers and commuters facing a tough time. Power outages were also reported from many localities here.
As heavy rains lashed Lucknow for more than two hours, youngsters took to streets and drenched themselves in the first rains of the season. The Regional Met office said these were pre-monsoonal showers and the weather would remain the same for the next 24-hours. The skies would be overcast with intermittent rains in Lucknow and eastern Uttar Pradesh.
Kerala saw active to vigorous Monsoon conditions with Kannur recording 116 mm of rain, Kozhikode 90 mm, Thiruvananthapuram 46 mm, Kochi 44 mm.
Rain, thundershower with strong gusty winds would occur over Bankura, Barddhaman, Birbhum, Murshidabad, Paschim Medinipur and Puruliya districts of West Bengal during the next 6 hours.
During the last 24 hours Southwest Monsoon remained vigorous over Coastal Karnataka with Mangalore recording 158 mm, Honavar 147 mm, and Madikeri seeing 101 mm.
Top hottest places in India on Friday
During the last 24 hours, temperatures soared above the 45-degree mark in most parts of Rajasthan. Severe heatwave conditions prevailed in some pockets of Rajasthan. Heatwave conditions have abated from Madhya Pradesh. Though the temperatures were soaring very high. At present, Bundi in Rajasthan is the hottest city in India with a maximum temperature of 47.2°C.
Top rainiest places in India on Friday
In the past 24 hours, heavy rains with very heavy spells at few places were witnessed over Karnataka, Kerala, Andaman and Nicobar Island and Maharashtra. In fact, many parts of Bihar has also recorded widespread heavy rainfall activity. The northeastern states are also continuing to record good rainfall activities.
At present, Shirali in Karnataka is the rainiest place in India with 194.0 mm of rainfall.
Heavy showers expected in Mizoram, Tripura on June 9
Skymet weather predicts dust strom, thundershowers over Delhi-NCR
Low pressure to trigger advance of monsoon in West Bengal
A low pressure, being formed over the Bay of Bengal, will trigger the advance of Southwest Monsoon in West Bengal and Odisha from June 9, the Meteorological department said here Thursday. The low pressure is likely to intensify into a depression by Saturday and move north-northwestwards across West Bengal and Bangladesh coasts, the MeT department said and forecast isolated heavy rains in West Bengal and parts of Odisha from June 9.
weather department predicts rain, strong winds in Ranchi
#Rain #thundershower with strong winds would occur at some parts over Banka, Jamui, #Bokaro, Chatra, Deoghar, #Dhanbad, Dumka, Giridih, Hazaribagh, Jamtara, Kodarma, Latehar, Pakur, Palamu, Ramgarh, and #Ranchi of #Jharkhand in next 12 hrs. #weatheralert— SkymetWeather (@SkymetWeather) June 8, 2018
Rain, thundershower predicted over several parts of Bihar in 12 hours
#Rain #thundershower with strong winds would occur over Araria, Aurangabad, Banka, #Bhagalpur, Buxar, Darbhanga, #Gaya, Gopalganj, Jamui, Madhubani, Muzaffarpur, #Nalanda #Nawada, #Patna, Purnia, Samastipur, Saran, Siwan, Supaul and Vaishali of #Bihar in 12 hrs #weatheralert— SkymetWeather (@SkymetWeather) June 8, 2018
#Rain #thundershower with strong winds 40-60 kmph over #Allahabad, Amethi, Azamgarh, Bahraich, Ballia, Balrampur, #Bareilly Basti, Faizabad, #Gorakhpur Jaunpur, Kushinagar, #Lucknow Mahrajganj, Mau, Pilibhit, Rae Bareli, Siddharthnagar, Sitapur, Sultanpur in 4-6 hrs #weatheralert— SkymetWeather (@SkymetWeather) June 8, 2018
South West Monsoon is currently active over Kerala
The South West Monsoon is currently active over Kerala with heavy rains lashing the southern state. Widespread rainfall is likely to continue in the state during the next five days, K Santosh, in-charge of India Meteorological Department, Thiruvananthapuram, said.
In eastern India, the Meteorological department in Kolkata said a low pressure being formed in the Bay of Bengal will advance the Southwest Monsoon in West Bengal and Odisha from June 9. The low pressure is likely to intensify into a depression by Saturday and move north-northwestwards across West Bengal and Bangladesh coasts, the MeT department said. It warned fishermen not to venture into the sea along these areas and Odisha coast from June 8 till further notice.
Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, registered a maximum temperature of 28.8C and a minimum of 15.9C on Thursday.
Residents of Punjab and Haryana experienced largely normal temperatures on Thursday. Hisar and Bhiwani in Haryana registered a maximum temperature of 43.9C and 43.1C. Amritsar and Ludhiana in Punjab registered a maximum of 40.5C and 39.5C, the local weather office said. Chandigarh, the joint capital of the two states, registered a maximum temperature of 39.5C.
The Met office in Delhi has forecast overcast skies with a possibility of thundery developments today. The maximum and minimum temperatures are expected to hover around 40C and 30C respectively, the weatherman said.
The maximum temperature in several parts of northern India remained above normal, including the national capital Delhi, where the maximum temperature was registered at 41.4 degrees Celsius, a notch above the season’s average, on Thursday.
Met dept warns of thunderstorm, gusty winds in Himachal Pradesh
In Himachal Pradesh, sporadic rains lashed a few places in the state, including Shimla, which is battling a water shortage for a fornight. The sky remained heavily overcast on Thursday. The local MeT office has warned of thunderstorm with gusty winds in lower and mid hills today and tomorrow.
“Heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places with extremely heavy at isolated places over North Goa and South Goa district of the State is expected on June 8. Heavy to very heavy rainfall at few places on June 9 and 10 and heavy rainfall is likely to occur at isolated places on June 11,” the IMD weather forecast states.
Red alert in Goa as IMD forecasts heavy rain today
IMD-Goa Director M L Sahu said that on Friday, there will be extremely heavy rainfall and we have issued a red alert. 95 per cent rainfall is expected in the State. Monsoon will spread across Konkan region and Maharashtra in coming days. He said that there was no large change in maximum temperatures and they were normal. The highest maximum temperature of 33 degrees Celsius was recorded at Panjim and Mormugao.
Thunderstorm very likely over 20 districts of UP: IMD
The Met office had on Thursday had warned that thunderstorm and dust storm are “very likely” over 20 districts of Uttar Pradesh, mostly in eastern parts, today. The districts include Unnao, Farukhabad, Kannauj, Varanasi, Gorakhpur, Ballia, Ghazipur, Kushinagar, Mau, Deoria, Maharajganj, Balrampur, Shrawasti, Lakhimpur Kheri, Pilibhit, Rampur, Moradabad, Bijnor and Bareilly, it said.