East, Central and Peninsular India in for intense wet spell

Vinson Kurian THIRUVANANTHAPURAM | Updated on August 07, 2019

A satellite image taken on August 7, 2019 at 12:00 IST   -  IMD website

Tuesday’s depression over North-West Bay of Bengal intensified into a deep depression, just shy of a cyclonic formation, on Wednesday morning and crossed the Odisha-Bengal coast in the afternoon.

It did not weaken on crossing land, and lay over North Odisha and adjoining plains of Bengal, close to Balasore and 170 km South-East of Jamshedpur in Jharkhand.

It is expected to weaken to a depression only by Thursday, but not before bringing East, Central, and adjoining Peinsular India as well as the West Coast under an intense wet cover, and promising more as the day unfolds.

Heavy precipitation

The 24 hours ending on Wednesday morning saw heavy to very heavy rains with extremely heavy falls as far afield as Jammu & Kashmir, Konkan, Goa, South Interior Karnataka, Kerala, Odisha, Madhya Maharashtra, and even Tamil Nadu.

Very heavy rainfall was reported from West Uttar Pradesh, North Interior Karnataka, Vidarbha, Chattisgarh and Telangana while it was heavy over Himachal Pradesh, East Rajasthan, Bengal, Sikkim, Madhya Pradesh, and Coastal Karnataka.

An India Met Department (IMD) outlook suggested that more rain is on the way with fairly widespread to widespread rainfall with isolated heavy to very heavy falls being forecast for some these areas for next two days.

Those getting affected are Odisha, Chhattisgarh, Gangetic West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand, Vidarbha and the northern parts of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana until Thurday as the depression nudges itself westward into Central India.

Rain deficit at 5%


The rain deficit for the country as a whole is five per cent as on Wednesday, a dramatic improvement at the end of the first week of August.

An extended forecast valid from August 12 to 14 indicated that the heavy rain belt would move North.




Published on August 07, 2019

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