Konkan to witness early onset of monsoon

Namrata Devikar
Monday, 10 June 2019

Weather experts said that due to the low pressure area, onset of monsoon will be sooner in Konkan and Goa

Pune: Fairly widespread rainfall is predicted in Konkan and Goa and other coastal areas like Kerala, coastal Karnataka and Saurashtra and Kutch due to a low pressure area formed over South-east and adjoining Lakshadweep and east central Arabian Sea.

According to India Meteorological Department (IMD), this low pressure area is very likely to intensify into a depression and later into a cyclonic storm. Weather experts said that due to the low pressure area, onset of monsoon will be sooner in Konkan and Goa. The monsoon is expected to reach the southern part of Maharashtra state by June 13.

Speaking to Sakal Times, Anupam Kashyapi, head of Weather at IMD Pune, said that the low pressure area may intensify into a cyclonic storm.

“Till June 11, the low pressure shall intensify into a deep depression. And after June 12, it may intensify into a cyclonic storm. There can be heavy rainfall activity in Konkan and Goa region due to this low pressure area,” said Kashyapi.He further added that during the next three to four days, the Arabian Sea would be rough and the IMD has issued warnings to fishermen not to go into the sea.

“The low pressure area is constantly under surveillance by IMD. As of now, even if it intensifies, the landfall could be at adjoining parts of Pakistan near Saurashtra and Kutch. As compared to Cyclone Fani, it will not cause that huge a damage,” said Kashyapi.

Effect on Monsoon
As on Sunday, the Northern Limit of Monsoon (NLM) continues to pass through Amini Divi, Kochi, Madurai in Kerala. Conditions are favourable for further advance of South-West Monsoon into remaining parts of South Arabian Sea, Lakshadweep area and Kerala, some more parts of Tamil Nadu, Bay of Bengal and Arabian Sea till June 10. 

Conditions are also becoming favourable for advance of south west monsoon into some parts of Northeastern states during the same period.

Speaking about the effect of low pressure area in Arabian Sea and its impact on south west monsoon, Kashyapi said that under its influence, the monsoon would reach Konkan and Goa sooner.

“The monsoon is expected to reach southern part of Maharashtra by June 13. Due to the low pressure area and its intensification, the monsoon is expected earlier. However, in Vidarbha and Marathwada, the onset of monsoon may be delayed,” said Kashyapi.

Feeling the heat
Heat wave to severe heat wave conditions are very likely to prevail over Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Vidarbha, southern parts of Haryana and Uttar Pradesh till June 11. Intensity and spatial extent of heating is very likely to reduce substantially from June 12, said IMD.

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