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More rains for North-West seen from next week

Vinson Kurian Thiruvananthapuram | Updated on August 07, 2011


The 24 hours ending Sunday morning has seen many stations in east and east-central India, northwest and along the west coast receive widespread to fairly widespread rainfall.

More rains are now expected to head to the northwest, Gujarat and west Rajasthan included, as a maze of upper air cyclonic circulations embedded in the monsoon trough and a fresh western disturbance set up enabling background.

An outlook from the US National Centres for Environmental Prediction suggested that the rains over northwest could become entrenched during the week ending August 20.

Effectively, this would make for varying wet cover for northwest India over the next fortnight. Even the southern peninsula also stands to make gains during this spell, the US agency said.

The European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts sees the possibility of northeast Arabian Sea (off Gujarat coast) and the Bay of Bengal (off Myanmar and off Andhra Pradesh respectively) warming up to host cyclonic circulations.

Meanwhile, an India Meteorological Department (IMD) update said that during the 24 hours ending Sunday morning, widespread rainfall was reported from sub-Himalayan West Bengal, Sikkim, east Madhya Pradesh, coastal Karnataka and Kerala.

It was fairly widespread over Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, east Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Gangetic West Bengal, the Northeastern States, west Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, south interior Karnataka and Lakshadweep. Scattered rain fell over Uttarakhand, Orissa, Punjab, interior Maharashtra, north interior Karnataka and Andaman and Nicobar Islands during this period.

The IMD expected the monsoon trough to remain near its normal position and active with embedded cyclonic circulations during the next two days.

A weather warning valid for the period said that isolated heavy to very heavy rainfall would occur over West Bengal and Sikkim.

Isolated heavy rainfall would also break out over the Jammu division of Jammu and Kashmir, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, east Rajasthan, east Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, north Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, north Orissa, coastal Karnataka and Kerala.

Published on August 07, 2011

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