Sunday, October 10, 2021

Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Maharashtra to receive heavy rainfall; IMD issues orange alert for Kerala

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) issued an orange signal for seven districts in Kerala on Saturday, predicting extremely heavy rainfall to heavy rainfall in isolated regions of various states/union territories in the coming days. According to the weather service, the Southwest Monsoon has also left certain regions of Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh.
It stated that conditions are improving for the southwest monsoon to withdraw from some additional areas of Gujarat, Chhattisgarh, most of Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, Bihar, and some sections of Maharashtra, Odisha, and West Bengal during the next two to three days.

For Andaman and Nicobar Islands, light to moderate rainfall is expected in most locations, with occasional thunderstorms and strong to very heavy rains expected during the next five days. For Maharashtra, fairly widespread to widespread mild to moderate rain is expected throughout southern peninsular India over the next five days and in Maharashtra during the following three days.

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Meanwhile, in Tamil Nadu, isolated heavy rains are expected throughout the next five days. In Karnataka, isolated heavy rains are expected across coastal Karnataka from October 11 to 13 and in the north interior of Karnataka on October 10, 12, and 13. For Kerala, isolated heavy rainfall is predicted throughout Kerala from October 11 to 13, with an orange alert issued for Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha, Kottayam, Ernakulam, and Idukki. During the four-month Southwest Monsoon season, which lasted from June to September, the country got "normal" rainfall. 

From June 1 to September 30, India had 87 cm of monsoon rain, compared to the Long Period Average of 88 cm from 1961 to 2010. The country has experienced normal or above-average rainfall for the third year in a row. Rainfall in the country was 110 per cent in June, 93 per cent in July, and 76% in August – the months with the most rain. However, the July and August shortfalls were made up for in September, when rainfall totalled 135% of the LPA. After a two-day delay, the Southwest Monsoon arrived over Kerala on June 3. By June 15, it had swiftly reached central, west, east, northeast, and south India. It also blanketed most of north India, including its last frontiers of Barmer and Jaisalmer, although the monsoon winds failed to reach Delhi, sections of Haryana, and West Uttar Pradesh. According to the IMD, the Northeast Monsoon, which provides rain to southern states from October through December, is anticipated to be typical.

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