India’s wait for monsoon likely to be over very soon, but nothern heat to continue a while

 

The much-awaited southwest monsoon is expected to hit India’s southern Kerala coast in the next two days, but there will be no significant change in the intense heat conditions in the country’s northwest for almost another week, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.

“Conditions continue to remain favourable for the onset of southwest monsoon over Kerala in next 48 hours,” it said. India has been waiting for rains after two straight years of drought that has hit agriculture hard, and expectations are high after forecasts of good rains due to the end of the El Nino weather cycle.

The IMD had earlier said that monsoon should hit the Kerala coast on June 7, with an error margin of plus or minus four days.

It has also predicted “heavy to very heavy rains” in coastal Karnataka and Kerala, Arunachal Pradesh, south interior Karnataka and Lakshadweep. Thunderstorms accompanied with squall are very likely at isolated places over Telangana and north interior Karnataka.

“Heavy to very heavy rains are also likely at isolated places over sub-Himalayan West Bengal, Sikkim, Assam, Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura,” it said.

However, heatwave conditions are “very likely” to prevail over isolated places in Rajasthan and west and east Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi, south Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat. Temperatures have risen to highs of more than 48 degree Celcius in some parts of the country.

 

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