New Delhi: While severe climate change affects northern India, southern regions have breathed a sigh of relief as the much-awaited southwest monsoon has entered the climate system. The Indian Meteorological Department indicated that the presence of cyclonic circulations over Lakshadweep and the northern Tamil Nadu coast is expected to bring widespread rainfall over the next five days.
Meanwhile, some areas in northern India saw a drop in mercury, but hot weather conditions continued in Haryana and Punjab with maximum temperatures consistently above normal limits.
The IMD predicts that the mercury will rise to 45 degrees Celsius on Friday and issued a “yellow” warning warning of a heatwave in parts of Punjab on Friday.
Rain continues to hit Karnataka
On Thursday, heavy rain continued to torment people in Karnataka. Heavy rainfall has claimed four lives in the state so far. All incidents came to light on Wednesday. The Department of Dressing has issued a red alert for the state’s seven counties. Due to incessant rain in Dakshina Kannada, Mysuru and Shivamogga, the district government announced the closure of schools today.
The Met Office also said the coastal districts of Dakshina Kannada, Uttara Kannada, Udupi and Chikkamagalur, Hassan, Kodagu and Shivamogga are likely to experience heavy rainfall over the next 24 hours.
IMD has also issued yellow alerts for Bengaluru, Bengaluru Rural, Kolar, Chikkaballapur, Tumkur, Ramnagar, Mandya, Mysuru, Chamarajanagar, Dharwad, Davanagere, Chitradurga, Ballary, Yadgir, Bidar, Kalaburagi, Raichur, Koppal, Gadag.
Orange warning in 12 districts in Kerala
The IMD on Thursday issued an orange warning in 12 districts of Kerala for the day as the state continues to experience heavy rainfall. The Met Office issued an orange alert in all districts of Kerala except Thiruvananthapuram and Kollam on Thursday.
Isolated heavy and very heavy rainfall is likely to be in the state for the next 2 days and heavy rainfall for the following two days, the Central Meteorological Department forecast on Wednesday.
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has directed the authorities to prepare for the early onset of monsoon in the state. The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has deployed five teams to Kerala.
District authorities have also warned people not to stay near coastal areas during high tide. The State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA) has asked residents to stay away from rivers and other bodies of water until the rain subsides.
Delhi saw a warm Thursday morning when the minimum temperature for the day was recorded at 27.5 degrees Celsius, one notch above normal. “There will be mostly clear skies on Thursday and maximum temperatures for the day will hover around 42 degrees Celsius,” the IMD said.
The maximum temperature on Wednesday stabilized at 40.6 degrees Celsius, which is normal for this time of the season. Delhi recorded a maximum temperature of 45.6 degrees Celsius, the highest this year so far, on Sunday.
More than 2.88 million people affected by floods in Assam
On Thursday, the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) said more than 2,880,000 people of the district (Nagaon) were affected by the first flood. It also added that 147 villages are currently under water.
Such situations have arisen in Assam due to the incessant rainfall which raises the water level of the Kopili River, thereby worsening the state of affairs. The river level has already passed the highest water level, thus inundating new areas of the district.
Jammu and Kashmir weather
Weather has mostly remained clear in Jammu and Kashmir over the past 24 hours as the MeT department said on Thursday. “The weather is likely to remain mostly clear to partly cloudy over the next 24 hours in J&K,” a MeT official said.
Srinagar has a minimum temperature of 13.4, Pahalgam 6.6 and Gulmarg 7.4 degrees Celsius.