Commuters push their vehicles through a water-logged street as heavy rain continues in Mumbai on Saturday. (PTI)
NEW DELHI :
IN A sign of relief from the sweltering summer heat prevailing in most parts of the country, the India Meteorological Department’s (IMD) on Saturday also forecast “no heat wave conditions likely over any part of the country during the next five days”. As per the MeT department, the conditions are favourable for further advancement of south-west monsoon into some more parts of Madhya Pradesh, remaining parts Chhattisgarh, Odisha, West Bengal, Jharkhand and Bihar, and some parts of eastern Uttar Pradesh during the next 24 hours. Maximum temperature of more than 40-degree Celsius as on Saturday were recorded at most places in west Rajasthan; at many places in Haryana, Chandigarh and Delhi; and at a few places over east Rajasthan, Punjab, west Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat.
Besides, heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places with extremely heavy rain at isolated places is very likely over Konkan and Goa, Chhattisgarh, sub-Himalayan West Bengal, Sikkim, Odisha, Assam, Meghalaya, Uttarakhand, east Madhya Pradesh, Vidarbha and Telangana. Fishermen are advised not to venture into these areas, said the IMD. The low-pressure area now lies over north-west Bay of Bengal and adjoining coastal areas of West Bengal and north Odisha. Associated cyclonic circulation extends up to mid-tropospheric levels tilting south-westwards with height. It is likely to become more marked and move west-north-westwards across Odisha, Jharkhand and north Chhattisgarh during the next 2-3 days, said the IMD. In addition, strong south-westerly winds are prevailing along the west coast at lower levels and an offshore trough lies off the west coast.
These conditions are likely to persist during the next 4-5 days, the Met department said. Under their influence, fairly widespread to widespread rainfall activity with isolated heavy to very heavy falls is very likely over Odisha, Chhattisgarh, east Madhya Pradesh, Vidarbha and Telangana during the next 3-4 days. Fairly widespread to widespread rainfall with isolated heavy falls is expected over West Bengal and Sikkim, Bihar, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand during the next 4-5 days. Widespread rainfall activity with heavy to very heavy falls is also possible over coastal and adjoining Ghats districts of Maharashtra, Goa and Karnataka during the next five days, the IMD said.