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Weather Forecast Today: Monsoon sets in 12 days early, says IMD; heavy rains in Bihar

Weather Forecast Today update: The IMD announced heavy downpour accompanied with thunderstorms and lightning across Bihar for the next two days. On Thursday, at least 80 people were killed due to lightning strikes across the state.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 26, 2020 9:32:46 pm
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Weather forecast Today update: The Southwest Monsoon has covered the entire country 12 days ahead of its arrival this year, the Indian Meteorological Department announced on Friday. “The Southwest Monsoon has further advanced into the remaining parts of Rajasthan, Haryana and Punjab and thus it has covered the entire country today, June 26,” officials said.

“The formation of a low pressure area over Bay of Bengal which moved west-northwestwards and another cyclonic circulation over central India basically helped in advance of monsoon,” Mrutyunjay Mohapatra, director general at IMD added.

While the maximum temperatures on Friday remained below normal limits in Haryana and Punjab, however, there was not much rainfall activity in the two states.  Chandigarh recorded a high of 35.4 degrees Celsius, while Haryana, Narnaul’s maximum temperature settled at 30.7 degrees Celsius. Parts of Rajasthan witnessed light to heavy rainfall, with Lohawat in Jodhpur recording a maximum of 7 cm rains till Friday morning.

Though the formation of cyclone Nisarga in the Arabian Sea posed a threat and had potential to delay the monsoon progress from Maharashtra onwards north, it was not realised. The monsoon soon revived and made swift advance over parts of Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, east Uttar Pradesh and covered central India on time.

Mohapatra further said that the monsoon had reached all parts of the country against the normal date of July 8. This is the third time since 2011, when the monsoon advance was completed in June. Between 2011 – 2020, the earliest advance was in 2013 (June 16) and in 2018 (June 28).

The department also predicted rainfall in several parts of north and east India today. A day after it announced the early onset of monsoon in the national capital, the weather department has forecast light rainfall across the area and its adjoining regions — Gurgaon, Noida, Ghaziabad and Faridabad — over the next two-three hours.

“Light rainfall would occur over Delhi-NCR during the next two or three hours,” Kuldeep Srivastava, head of IMD’s regional weather forecasting centre in Delhi, told news agency ANI.

Due to shift of trough northwards and convergence of strong winds from Bay of Bengal, Northeast and East region of the country is likely receive heavy rainfall in the next three days, the IMD said in its weather bulletin.

The IMD listed that the Sub-Himalayan West Bengal, Sikkim, Assam, Meghalaya, Kerala and Mahe in Puducherry will receive rain on June 26 and 27, while West Uttar Pradesh is likely to receive showers on June 28 and 29. During the next 4-5 days, East Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Jharkhand will see thunderstorm accompanied with lightning. On Thursday, at least 80 people were killed due to lightning strikes across the state.

“Due to shift of trough northwards and convergency of strong southerly/south-westerly winds from Bay of Bengal over northeast and adjoining east India, widespread rainfall with isolated heavy to very heavy rainfall very likely to continue over northeast and adjoining east India during next three days,” the bulletin read.

Barring Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Mizoram, Manipur, Tripura and Tamil Nadu, all the remaining states have recorded rainfall  between normal to large excess within 26 days this month.

No significant change in maximum temperatures is likely over most parts of the country over the next three to four days, the IMD said.

In the last two days, thunderstorms and lightning have wreaked havoc in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, claiming over 110 lives and leaving at least 32 injured, state officials said. The Chief Ministers of both states have announced a payment of Rs 4 lakh for the next of kin of each of the deceased.

Earlier today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter to grieve the loss of life in both states. “Received tragic news about death of several people in some districts of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar due to heavy rains and lightening. The state governments are engaged in relief work with promptness,” he posted on the micro-blogging site.

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