South West Monsoon advances but heat wave likely to continue for at least three days in many parts

The Southwest monsoon has further advanced into some more parts of central Arabian Sea, some parts of Karnataka, Goa and Konkan. Most parts of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, some parts of Andhra Pradesh, the entire southwest and some parts west-central Bay of Bengal and remaining parts of northeast Bay of Bengal received rains on June 11.

According to the IMD, conditions are favourable for further advance of Southwest monsoon into some more parts of Karnataka, coastal Maharashtra, remaining parts of Tamil Nadu and parts of Andhra Pradesh. Northwest Bay of Bengal, remaining parts of northeastern states and some parts of Sub-Himalayan West Bengal, Sikkim and Bihar are set to receive rains in 48 hours.

Soma Sen Roy Meteorologist, IMD said this 8-day delay is within the onset forecast margin maintained by India Meteorological Department, “Southwest Monsoon set in over Kerala on 08 June 2023. There was 8 days delay with respect to the Climatological date of onset of June 1 over Kerala, but within the error margin for the onset forecast of 2023. As of today, the June 12, 2023, the Southwest monsoon has further advanced into some more parts of Karnataka, Konkan, remaining parts of Tamil Nadu, some more parts of Andhra Pradesh, some more parts of northwest Bay of Bengal, most parts of Sub-Himalayan West Bengal & Sikkim and some parts of Bihar.”

However, there is heavy rainfall warning for Gujarat as the Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm “Biparjoy” progresses. It is likely to cross Saurashtra and Kutch around June 15 noon with maximum sustained wind speed of 125-135 kmph gusting to 150 kmph. Isolated heavy rainfall is very likely over remaining districts of Saurashtra and north Gujarat region on June 15.

That said, the IMD expects heat wave conditions to continue over parts of Northwest, East and North peninsular India during next 3-5 days. No significant change is expected in maximum temperatures over the country except over Gujarat where these are likely to fall by 4-6°C during next 5 days. Hot and humid conditions very likely over Tamil Nadu, Rayalaseema, Madhya Maharashtra and Marathwada during next 3 days.

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