Monsoon in India: IMD forecasts rain in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Rajasthan; MP flood situation eases
Monsoon in India: The country has quickly moved from a drought situation to one of surfeit water everywhere. And IMD has forecast more rains in most states including Punjab, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and down south in Karnataka too. However, life in flood-ravaged parts of Madhya Pradesh, life is limping back to normal. Heavy rains have also lashed some places in Rajasthan, central Maharashtra and New Delhi as the southwest monsoon advanced in remaining parts of Arabian Sea and Kutch area. An IMD bulletin said the southwest monsoon has advanced into remaining parts of north Arabian Sea, Kutch and West Rajasthan thus it has covered the entire country by Wednesday.
Monsoon rains have lashed Delhi which kept the mercury within comfortable range but pushed humidity levels up (between 63-91 per cent) making life difficult for residents. However, life is a breeze once they find some shade and a fan. The Safdarjung observatory recorded 16.3 mm of rainfall between 8.30 AM and 5.30 PM while weather stations at Palam, Lodhi Road, Ayanagar and Ridge recorded 10 mm, 21.6 mm, 38 mm and traces of rain respectively during the same period. The flood situation in Assam remained unchanged in the deluge hit Lakhimpur, Golaghat, Morigaon, Barpeta, Biswanath and Jorhat districts where 1.11 lakh people are affected.
As far as the rain ravaged Uttarakhand is concerned, the IMD forecast is for heavy rain alert for one or two places in Uttarkashi, Dehradun, Rudraprayag, Chamoli, Pithoragarh, Bageshwar, Almora, Nainital and Champawat district. It has also asked chardham yatris to remain alert for a 72-hour period starting Thursday evening.
In Rajasthan, Galiakot town of Dungarpur district recorded 20 cm rainfall in the 24 hours ending this morning. Dungarpur town recorded 15 cm rains while Arnod (Pratapgarh), Arthuna (Banswara), Chikali (Dungarpur), Dungla (Chittorgarh) and Railmagra (Rajsamand) recorded 13 cm each during that period, according to Met department in the state.
Monsoon in Punjab and Haryana has been subdued after onset some 10 days ago, but things are likely to change as good rains are expected over the next 2-3 days. The maximum temperatures here have been in the range of 35-37 degrees C.
The MeT department in Himachal Pradesh has warned of heavy rains in several parts of the state during next three days as the axis of monsoon trough is likely to shift northwards close to foothills of Himalayas during in the next two days.
In Bihar, though cloudy sky prevailed, rain gave a miss to all parts of the state but Purnea received 13.3 mm of rainfall during the day. Patna remained the hottest place with maximum temperature at 35.1 degrees Celsius.
West Bengal witnessed a generally overcast sky with rainfalls in some places including in Birbhum district (82.6mm), Bankura (33.7 mm) and Asansol (33.3 mm). In Kolkata, the day temperature rose up to 33.1 degrees Celsius.
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