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Weather Forecast Today Live Updates: Odisha records over 30% deficit rainfall, govt looking at contingency plan to mitigate ‘dry spell’

Weather Forecast Today Live Updates: The current rainfall activity over plains of northwest and central India is set to continue till August 23 and reduce thereafter. Rajasthan is likely to see dry weather from August 25 to 27.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: August 23, 2021 10:21:54 pm
Delhi, rainA street left waterlogged after heavy rain in Delhi (Express photo by Praveen Khanna)

Weather Forecast Today Live Updates: Odisha observed a shortage in rainfall this year between June 1 and August 23, which has adversely affected agricultural activities across the state. According to PTI, Odisha received only 571 mm of rain since June as against the anticipated 820.5 mm, leading to a 30.3 per cent deficit rainfall.

While according to S K Vashisth, the principal secretary of agriculture and famers’ empowerment department, there is “no drought situation anywhere”, the state government has directed the collectors to ensure that agricultural workers get jobs under MGNREGA or other state schemes as a measure to mitigate the “dry spell”

Meanwhile, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecast that parts of Northeast India, including Sikkim, sub-Himalayan West Bengal, Assam and Meghalaya, are likely to receive heavy rainfall till August 27. Whereas, widespread rainfall is expected to continue in Bihar, East Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand till August 27. Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Maharashtra will witness rainfall activity on August 23, 26 and 27.

While most parts of the country will witness rainfall activity, Rajasthan is likely to see dry weather from August 25 to 27.

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Weather Forecast Today: Delhi records highest August rainfall in 14 years; Northeast India likely to receive heavy rainfall. Follow this space for latest updates.

22:21 (IST)23 Aug 2021
Max temp stay close to normal in Punjab, Haryana

The maximum temperatures on Monday stayed close to normal levels in most parts of Punjab and Haryana.

Chandigarh, the common capital of both states, registered 33 degrees Celsius, according to a media bulletin of the Meteorological Department here.

In Haryana, Ambala, Hisar and Karnal registered maximum temperatures of 33.2, 33.5 and 32.8 degrees Celsius, respectively. Narnaul, Rohtak and Gurgaon registered their respective maximum temperatures at 32.8, 34.6 and 35 degrees Celsius, respectively.

In Punjab, the maximum temperatures of Amritsar, Ludhiana, Patiala and Bathinda settled at 34, 33.3, 33.6 and 33.2 degrees Celsius, respectively. (PTI)

22:20 (IST)23 Aug 2021
Rains in several parts of Rajasthan, set to recede tomorrow

Rains occurred in various parts of Rajasthan over the past 24 hours with Thanagazi of Alwar district recording 72 mm rainfall, a Meteorological department official said on Monday.

In the last 24 hours, 68 mm rain was recorded in Shrimadhopur in Sikar, 65 mm in Viratnagar in Jaipur, 47 mm in Bundi's Taleda, 46 mm in Choti Sadri of Pratapgarh. Apart from this, many places in Ajmer, Baran, Chittorgarh, Jhunjhunu, Rajsamand, Bharatpur and Bhilwara recorded significant rainfall.

Rains will recede in the state from Tuesday and the weather is likely to remain mainly dry in most parts of the state during August 25 to 28. (PTI)

20:23 (IST)23 Aug 2021
Parts of UP, Haryana to receive light to moderate rains over next 2 hours

According to the IMD, thunderstorm with light to moderate intensity rain would occur over parts of Haryana (Palwal, Aurangabad, Manesar, Sohna) and Uttar Pradesh (Jahangirabad, Jattari, Gulaoti, Khurja) during the next hours.

19:53 (IST)23 Aug 2021
Monsoon birds census begins at Bhitarkanika National Park in Odisha

The Bhitarkanika National Park in Odisha on Monday launched a week-long census of seasonal monsoon birds which throng the wetland sites for nesting every year, an official said. Four teams comprising 10 ornithologists and wildlife personnel of the national park in Kendrapara district are conducting the headcount of these avian species.

Over a dozen types of local residential birds congregate at the heronries, in and around the national park, for nesting, and breeding every year, Forest Range Officer Manas Das said. The species are open bill stork, little cormorant, intermediate egret, purple heron, darters, white ibis and others, he said. Their arrival at the marshy wetland spots in Bhitarkanika National Park got delayed this year as the rainfall was not uniform during the monsoon. Still, an impressive congregation of monsoon birds has been spotted. (PTI)

19:17 (IST)23 Aug 2021
In pic | Boulder damages house following landslide in Shimla amid rainfall

A house was damaged by a boulder in Shimla, Himachal Pradesh due to a landslide following heavy downpour.

Express Photo by Pradeep Kumar
18:46 (IST)23 Aug 2021
Parts of UP to receive thunderstorm with light rains in next 2 hours

According to the IMD, parts of Uttar Pradesh (Hathras, Iglas, Raya) will witness thunderstorm with light to moderate intensity rain during the next two hours.

18:23 (IST)23 Aug 2021
Delhi records maximum temperature of 35.2 degree Celsius

Delhi recorded a maximum temperature of 35.2 degrees Celsius, two notches above the normal for the season, and a minimum temperature of 26.2 degrees Celsius on Monday, according to the IMD. Till 5:30 pm, the national capital's relative humidity was at 66 per cent and it had received 2 mm rainfall.

On Tuesday, city is likely to witness generally cloudy skies with chances of light rains.

17:11 (IST)23 Aug 2021
Farmers in Maharashtra’s rain-deficit Vidarbha region worry over kharif crops

With Maharashtra’s Vidarbha region having received 11 per cent less rain below normal this year, farmers are a worried lot. Nearly a month after sowing was completed in mid-July, farmers believe the quantity and quality of kharif crops will be hit badly if the deficit continues till the end of this month.

Although the state, as a whole, has received 7 per cent more rain between June 1 and August 22, it was mostly in Marathwada and Central Maharashtra. Drought-prone Marathwada, comprising eight districts, has received 533.4 mm rain so far compared to the usual 446 mm, a 20 per cent increase. Central Maharashtra received 595.6 mm against the normal 547 mm, an increase of 9 per cent.

But Vidarbha region, which comprises eleven districts, received only 631 mm rain compared to the normal index of 705.1 mm, according to the Indian Meteorological Department. Read more.

16:34 (IST)23 Aug 2021
Odisha records over 30% deficit rainfall, govt looking at contingency plan to mitigate "dry spell"

Odisha has observed a shortage in rainfall this year between June 1 and August 23, which has adversely affected agricultural activities across the state. According to PTI, Odisha received only 571 mm of rain since June as against the anticipated 820.5 mm, leading to a 30.3 per cent deficit rainfall.

S K Vashisth, the principal secretary of agriculture and famers' empowerment department, explained that "thirty blocks in 15 districts are experiencing moisture stress condition, which have severely affected crops. There is, however, no drought situation anywhere".  Vashisth also said that the chief secretary has directed the collectors to ensure that agricultural workers get jobs under MGNREGA or other state schemes, as and when necessary. "In places, where paddy cultivation has suffered damage due to low rainfall, farmers would be encouraged to grow alternative crops amid the dry spell," he added.

16:05 (IST)23 Aug 2021
Pune likely to see light rain

Towards Monday afternoon, the IMD has forecast the Pune city’s weather to turn partly cloudy with possible light intensity rain (2.mm to 15.5mm in 24 hours). The day temperature will be around 29.7 degrees and the recorded minimum temperature was 19.4 degrees.

15:10 (IST)23 Aug 2021
Parts of Haryana, UP to receive light to moderate rains over next 2 hours

Parts of Haryana (Bhiwani, Mattanhail, Kosali) and Uttar Pradesh (Jalesar, Sadabad, Sikandra Rao, Iglas) will receive light to moderate intensity rains during the next two hours, the IMD tweeted. 

14:53 (IST)23 Aug 2021
Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Maharashtra will witness rainfall

Scattered to fairly widespread rainfall with isolated heavy fall over Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Maharashtra on August 23, 26 and 27. 

14:51 (IST)23 Aug 2021
Rainfall in Assam and Meghalaya today

Isolated extremely heavy falls are likely to take place over Assam and Meghalaya from August 23 to August 25.

14:50 (IST)23 Aug 2021
Widespread rain likely to continue Bihar, East Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand till August 27

Fairly widespread to widespread rainfall with isolated heavy falls will continue over Bihar, East UP and Uttarakhand till August 27.

13:41 (IST)23 Aug 2021
Rainfall likely to continue over Northeast, Sub-himalayan, West Bengal, Sikkim region

Widespread rainfall activity with isolated heavy to very heavy falls is very likely to continue over Northeast India, Sub-Himalayan West Bengal & Sikkim till 27th August. 

13:29 (IST)23 Aug 2021
Light rainfall expected in parts of Delhi, UP, Haryana
13:05 (IST)23 Aug 2021
Delhi Monsoons: Light rainfall and thunder showers likely today

Light rainfall and thundershowers are expected in the national capital. The maximum temperature will settle around 34 degree celsius. 

10:54 (IST)23 Aug 2021
Light intensity rain in and around these regions

There will be light intensity rain over and adjoining areas of isolated places of Delhi, Hapur, Gulothi, Siyana during the next 2 hours.

10:07 (IST)23 Aug 2021
Overcast skies and light rain Pune post noon today: IMD

The week over Pune began with clear sky and sunny conditions. 

Towards Monday afternoon, the India Meteorological Department has forecast the city's weather to turn partly cloudy with possible light intensity rain (2.4mm to 15.5mm in 24 hours). 

The day temperature will be around 29.7 degrees and the recorded minimum temperature was 19.4degrees. 

The city's Air Quality Index (AQI) for Monday is 33 which is categorised 'good', a forecast issued by the SAFAR - India of the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology, Pune. 

08:46 (IST)23 Aug 2021
Rainfall to occur in and around these regions today

Thunderstorm with light to moderate intensity rain would occur over and adjoining areas of Rajaund (Haryana) Bagpat, Khekra, Modinagar, Kithor, Pilakhua, Hapur, Gulaoti, Siyana, Sambhal, Sikandrabad, Chandausi, Jahangirabad, Anupshahar, Bahajoi, Shikarpur, Debai, Narora (U.P.) during next 2 hours. --- IMD

The rain will continue in these districts for the next two hours. (Express Photo)

Rainfall, thunderstorms likely in parts of Tamil Nadu, Puducherry over next five days

Even as Tamil Nadu has been receiving intermittent rainfall over the past few days, the Regional Meteorological Centre (RMC) has forecast heavy to very heavy rainfalls accompanied by thunderstorms and lightning in parts of the state and neighbouring Puducherry for the next five days.

According to the RMC, Chennai is likely to experience overcast skies for the next 48 hours, with light to moderate showers expected in parts of the city. The RMC has also forecast thunderstorms and heavy spells in certain areas. The minimum temperature is expected to be 25 degrees Celsius and the maximum temperature is expected to be 33 degrees Celsius.

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