Monsoon rains have picked up in strength over the hilly regions (not plains) of northwest India and parts of central India.

An India Meteorological Department (IMD) update said that rains were reported from Orissa, west Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh during the 24 hours ending Monday morning.

HEAVY RAIN

A weather warning valid for the next two days said that heavy rainfall may occur at one or two places over Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh and Orissa. The alert is valid for a single day (Tuesday) for East Rajasthan, Vidarbha and Madhya Pradesh.

An extended outlook valid until Friday said that thundershowers would lash many places over the western Himalayan region, Uttar Pradesh, the west coast, east and north-east India. The rains are expected to be subdued over south interior peninsular India. Meanwhile, the cumulative rain deficit for the country as a whole stayed at 21 per cent as on Saturday.

DEFICIT AT 21%

North-west India (-39 per cent) and the peninsula (-22 per cent) continued to be the worst hit. East and north-east India too has fallen back to double-digit figures (-10 per cent). Central India, which has come under a few of the latest surges of rain, has brought down the deficit to 20 per cent.

More rains have been forecast for the region over the next few days, to the near-total exclusion of both north-west India and interior peninsula.

The west coast, as usual, could be the sole exception. Scattered showers are also likely for the state of Gujarat, says an outlook by the US National Centres for Environmental Prediction.

vinson.kurian@thehindu.co.in

(This article was published on July 30, 2012)
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