Southwest Monsoon advances further, IMD issues orange alert for Mumbai
New Delhi: The India Meteorological Department (IMD) issued an ‘orange alert’ to Mumbai and Thane for very heavy rainfall. According to the IMD, the orange-colour coded warning for heavy rain was issued for the coastal districts of Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg. The IMD has four-colour coded alerts, namely green (no warning), yellow (watch), orange (alert) and red (warning).
According to the IMD, Southwest Monsoon has further advanced into most parts of Madhya Pradesh, remaining parts of Chhattisgarh and Coastal Andhra Pradesh, parts of northwest Bay of Bengal, Odisha and Gangetic West Bengal, most parts of Jharkhand and Bihar, and some parts of southeast Uttar Pradesh. The weather department has predicted isolated heavy rainfall over Goa, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Kerala, Karnataka and Gujarat regions during the next five days. “Monsoon has revived. This week many regions in southern and central India would get heavy rainfall,” an IMD official told Reuters.
Fairly widespread to widespread rainfall with thunderstorms or lightning is very likely to continue over the Western Himalayan region and scattered to fairly widespread rainfall over Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan during the next two days. Also, isolated heavy rainfall is likely over East Rajasthan, West Rajasthan, and Jammu and Kashmir.
“The monsoon has set over Bhopal. Now it has covered about 80 per cent of the state,” PK Saha, the senior-most meteorologist with the India Meteorological Department’s Bhopal said. He said the monsoon has not yet set over the Chambal division and parts of Gwalior and Ujjain divisions in the northwest part of MP. Saha said monsoon hit Bhopal on the regular date and its onset over the state capital was on June 20.
Meanwhile, in Delhi, the mercury rose slightly on Tuesday with the minimum temperature settling at 24.9 degrees Celsius. Delhi on Monday had recorded a minimum temperature of 23.6 degrees Celsius, five notches below the season’s average. The minimum and maximum temperature readings on Wednesday are likely to settle at 25 degrees Celsius and 34 degrees Celsius, respectively, with a mainly clear sky forecast. The air quality index (AQI) of Delhi was recorded in the ‘moderate’ (132) category around 9.30 am, data from the Central Pollution Control Board showed.