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Weather forecast today HIGHLIGHTS: Water crisis-hit Chennai finally receives rain

Weather forecast today HIGHLIGHTS: With the progression of the monsoon, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) Thursday predicted heavy rainfall in parts of south and northeast states.

The rainfall is expected to bring some respite from the scorching heat conditions. (Express photo)

Chennai, which has been battling a grave water crisis, witnessed rainfall in some areas Thursday. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) stated that the Tamil Nadu capital will receive further rains accompanied by thunderstorm today.

With the progression of the monsoon, IMD predicted heavy rainfall in parts of south and northeast states. Kerala, south Karnataka, coastal Andhra Pradesh, Konkan and Goa, and Telangana are expected to witness heavy to very heavy rainfall today. In the northeast, Assam, Meghalaya, West Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, and Tripura, along with West Bengal and Odisha will also experience a damp day.

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Parts of Bihar, meanwhile, are likely to get respite from the heat Thursday with the IMD predicting thundershowers, gusty winds and lightning in isolated places. Rayalaseema, Chhattisgarh, Uttarakhand and Jharkhand will experience similar weather. Gujarat, too, may witness showers.

Heatwave conditions are likely to persist over isolated places in Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Vidarbha, parts of coastal Andhra Pradesh, and Yanam, the IMD said.

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Weather forecast HIGHLIGHTS:

Monsoon finally arrives in Goa after delay of fortnight

After a delay of almost a fortnight, the south-west monsoon finally arrived in Goa on Thursday, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said. he IMD had earlier predicted that the monsoon is likely to hit the state on Friday.However, in a statement issued Thursday afternoon, it said, "South-west monsoon has set in over Goa from today (June 20)."

"Offshore trough at mean sea level is running from South Maharashtra to Kerala coast," it added.Several parts of the state witnessed heavy rains throughout the day on Thursday.The IMD predicted that strong winds with speed reaching up to 40-50 kms per hour are likely to prevail over south-west and adjoining west-central Arabian Sea on Thursday and Friday.

While a detailed weather bulletin is awaited, IMD officials said that generally, the monsoon arrives in Goa in the first week of June, but got delayed by almost a fortnight this year.

Monsoon finally arrives in Goa after delay of fortnight

After a delay of almost a fortnight, the south-west monsoon finally arrived in Goa on Thursday, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said. he IMD had earlier predicted that the monsoon is likely to hit the state on Friday.However, in a statement issued Thursday afternoon, it said, "South-west monsoon has set in over Goa from today (June 20)."

"Offshore trough at mean sea level is running from South Maharashtra to Kerala coast," it added.Several parts of the state witnessed heavy rains throughout the day on Thursday.The IMD predicted that strong winds with speed reaching up to 40-50 kms per hour are likely to prevail over south-west and adjoining west-central Arabian Sea on Thursday and Friday.

While a detailed weather bulletin is awaited, IMD officials said that generally, the monsoon arrives in Goa in the first week of June, but got delayed by almost a fortnight this year.

Video: Rains lash Chennai, roads covered with water

Monsoon likely to hit Odisha on Friday

The southwest monsoon is likely to hit Odisha on Friday, after a delay of about 10 days, a senior MeT official said on Thursday. "Conditions are now becoming favourable for the arrival of moonsoon in Odisha, which is expected to cover several parts of the state in the next 24 hours," Director of Bhubaneswar Meteorological Centre, H R Biswas said.

Southwest monsoon weak in Kerala, rainfall deficit touches 41%

The late onset of the southwest monsoon and the emergence of Cyclone Vayu in the southeast Arabian sea before it moved northwestwards toward the Gujarat coast are being seen as the reasons behind severe rainfall deficit in Kerala till now, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) station in Thiruvananthapuram observed. READ MORE

Monsoon reaches Maharashtra

Monsoon has covered parts of Maharashtra making conditions favourable for the South, Reuters quoted and IMD official. "In the next 2-3 days, monsoon is likely to cover some more parts of Maharashtra," K.S. Hosalikar, a senior official of the state-run India Meteorological Department said. He further said that the state is likely to get good rainfall in the next few days.

Rains with gusty winds may lash several parts of Madhya Pradesh: IMD

While pre-monsoon showers continued to lash parts of Madhya Pradesh Thursday, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) predicted rains accompanied by thunder and gusty winds at several places in the state over the next 24 hours. Talking to PTI, IMD's Bhopal office duty officer, R R Tripathi, said pre-monsoon showers were experienced at several places in Gwalior division as well as in Bhind and Sehore districts in the last 24 hours.

"Rains accompanied with thunder and gusty winds are likely to lash a few places in Sagar, Rewa, and Shahdol divisions over the next 24 hours. Similar situation may also be witnessed at isolated places of Jabalpur, Hoshangabad, Indore, Ujjain divisions," he said.

Water crisis-hit Chennai finally receives rain

Chennai finally receives rainfall. Twitterati celebrated the onset of monsoon rains in the Tamil Nadu capital as it still struggles to cope with the water crisis.

Monsoon reaches Konkan

Monsoon reaches Konkan, passes through Kolhapur

Over 70 people die due to heatwave in Bihar

In Bihar, over 70 people have died due to heatwave conditions. Prohibitory orders were imposed in Gaya district due to the weather. The administration has disallowed construction work, cultural events and public gatherings between 11 am and 4 pm due to the heat. In an order dated June 16, Gaya District Magistrate Abhishek Singh said, "As the period between 11 am and 4 pm is the worst heatwave time, it is not advisable for people to venture out during the period. There have already been some deaths because of heatwaves. Stepping out of homes during the period can be fatal and there is an apprehension of public anger in case of death of people during treatment. It can cause law and order problems." Read more

IMD predicts light showers in Bihar

Parts of Bihar, meanwhile, are likely to get respite from the heat Thursday with the IMD predicting thundershowers, gusty winds and lightning in isolated places.

Slow monsoon progress delays sowing of soyabean, cotton crops

The late arrival of monsoon has delayed the sowing of major kharif crops across the country. While the sowing of cotton has been delayed by two weeks, there has been almost no sowing of soyabean. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has said monsoon will arrive in Maharashtra on June 21. In Maharashtra, barring paddy nurseries in parts of Kolhapur, there has not been any significant sowing of crops. The sowing window for kharif crops like moong and urad is closing fast with farmers likely to divert land for other crops like cotton, tur and soyabean. Read more

Monsoon likely to arrive in Goa on June 21, says MeT Dept

After a delay of almost a fortnight, the south-west monsoon is expected to hit Goa on Friday, a MeT official said. Pre-monsoon rains have been lashing parts of the state for last few days and continued on Thursday as well, he said. Moderate showers were witnessed in the state capital Panaji on Thursday morning. "The monsoon is likely to arrive in the state on Friday. Most places in North Goa and South Goa districts received light to moderate rains on Thursday," he said. Strong winds with speed reaching 40 to 50 kmph are likely to prevail over south-west and west-central Arabian Sea on Thursday and Friday, the India Meteorological Department's (IMD) centre here said in a bulletin. It advised fishermen not to venture into the sea. Meanwhile, despite the rains, there was no large change in the maximum temperatures which were appreciably above normal in both North Goa and South Goa, the IMD said. Read more

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IMD has predicted light showers in Bihar. (File Photo)

On Wednesday, heatwave conditions prevailed in isolated pockets will continue over Vidarbha, Bihar, Gangetic West Bengal and Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, and Karaikal.

Meanwhile, in Gujarat, early showers gave a hope to the cotton and groundnut farmers for a better crop this year. "These showers aren’t enough. I am sowing in the hope that it will rain more in the next 4-5 days. If that doesn’t happen, I may end up wasting the seeds. Right now, there isn’t enough moisture in the soil to sustain the sprouts that will emerge in a couple of days," says a farmer from Rajkot district.

Gujarat is India’s largest cotton and groundnut-producing state, with the bulk of the output of both cash crops coming from Saurashtra. The southwest monsoon generally hits the region towards the last week of June.

In Bihar, over 70 people have died due to heatwave conditions. Prohibitory orders were imposed in Gaya district due to the weather. The administration has disallowed construction work, cultural events and public gatherings between 11 am and 4 pm due to the heat.

In an order dated June 16, Gaya District Magistrate Abhishek Singh said, "As the period between 11 am and 4 pm is the worst heatwave time, it is not advisable for people to venture out during the period. There have already been some deaths because of heatwaves. Stepping out of homes during the period can be fatal and there is an apprehension of public anger in case of death of people during treatment. It can cause law and order problems."