Monsoon rains lash Maharashtra and Karnataka as heat wave looms over Northwest India

The monsoon has progressed into parts of the central Arabian Sea, south Maharashtra, Telangana, south Chhattisgarh, south Odisha, and Coastal Andhra Pradesh as of June 8. It is expected to continue its advance into more parts of Maharashtra, including Mumbai, and Telangana within the next 2-3 days.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a dual weather advisory, warning of heavy to very heavy rainfall across parts of Maharashtra and Karnataka over the next five days, while also predicting a fresh spell of heatwave conditions in northwest India starting from June 9.

The Southwest Monsoon has made significant advances, bringing much-needed relief to several regions. The monsoon has progressed into parts of the central Arabian Sea, south Maharashtra, Telangana, south Chhattisgarh, south Odisha, and Coastal Andhra Pradesh as of June 8. It is expected to continue its advance into more parts of Maharashtra, including Mumbai, and Telangana within the next 2-3 days.

Heavy to very heavy rainfall is anticipated over Konkan, Goa, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, and Karaikal. Coastal Karnataka is set to experience extremely heavy rainfall at isolated locations. The IMD has also forecast heavy rains in Odisha, West Madhya Pradesh, Telangana, South Interior Karnataka, and Kerala & Mahe.

Heat Wave Conditions

While some regions will experience a deluge, others will battle rising temperatures. A new heat wave is predicted to hit northwest India from June 9, affecting areas including Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, and parts of Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh. Temperatures in these regions are expected to soar, with some areas potentially facing severe heatwave conditions. Yesterday, Jhansi in West Uttar Pradesh recorded the highest temperature at 45.8°C.

Over the past 24 hours, isolated pockets of south Uttar Pradesh experienced heatwave conditions, with maximum temperatures ranging from 43-46°C across south Haryana, Delhi, south Uttar Pradesh, southeast Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, and southwest Bihar—2-4°C above normal. Rajasthan faced dust storms, and West Madhya Pradesh reported hailstorms.

Due to a cyclonic circulation over central Assam, the region will see widespread rainfall with thunderstorms and gusty winds. Heavy rainfall is particularly likely in Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, and Nagaland between June 9-12.

A cyclonic circulation over northwest Madhya Pradesh and another over east Bihar will cause scattered light to moderate rainfall with thunderstorms in Bihar, Jharkhand, Gangetic West Bengal, Odisha, Madhya Pradesh, and Vidarbha over the next 4-5 days. Hailstorms and squally winds are expected in Madhya Pradesh.

Influenced by a Western Disturbance, light to moderate rainfall with thunderstorms is likely in Jammu & Kashmir, Ladakh, Himachal Pradesh, and Uttarakhand through June 9. Rajasthan might experience dust storms and thundersqualls.

Temperature Outlook

Temperatures are expected to rise by 2-3°C in East India over the next two days, with a 3-4°C increase likely in Northwest India (excluding Rajasthan) over the next five days. Central India will see a gradual temperature rise after a few days of no significant change.

Heatwave Warnings

Heatwave conditions are forecasted in isolated pockets of northeast Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, Bihar, and Gangetic West Bengal from June 8-12, and in Odisha, Punjab, and Haryana from June 9-12. Parts of Uttar Pradesh will face heat wave to severe heat wave conditions during this period, with warm nights expected in Bihar on June 8 and 9.

As India grapples with this dual weather phenomenon, residents are advised to stay informed and take necessary precautions to mitigate the risks posed by both heavy rainfall and extreme heat.