Monsoon circulation is likely to improve: IMD

ST CORRESPONDENT
Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Heat wave conditions prevailed at one or two pockets of Bihar and coastal Andhra Pradesh and in remaining parts of Gangetic West Bengal.

PUNE: After the weakening of southwest monsoon last week, India Meteorological Department (IMD) has stated that the monsoon circulation is likely to improve from around June 24. The Southwest Monsoon is likely to further advance over reaming parts of Assam, more parts over Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, West Bengal and some parts over Jharkhand, Bihar and Madhya Pradesh from June 23 to June 25.

IMD stated in a press release that the Southwest Monsoon could not advance further since last one week due to weak monsoon flow in association with weak cross-equatorial flow, unfavorable location of active phase of Madden Julian Oscillation (MJO) and an equatorial eastwards propagating oscillations which lay over central and east Pacific Ocean, Western Hemisphere and Africa and development of low pressures system over northwest Pacific Ocean.

However, the monsoon circulation is likely to improve from around June 24 with the expected movement of an active phase of Madden Julian Oscillation (MJO) to west Equatorial Indian Ocean and adjoining Arabian Sea during next two days and development of cyclonic circulations of eastern India leading to strengthening of easterlies winds over Gangetic plains, noted IMD.

As of Tuesday, the Southwest Monsoon has been subdued over Telangana, Rayalaseema and south interior Karnataka. On Tuesday, IMD also noted that severe heat wave conditions prevailed in some parts of Gangetic West Bengal and Odisha. Heat wave conditions prevailed at one or two pockets of Bihar and coastal Andhra Pradesh and in remaining parts of Gangetic West Bengal.

The highest maximum temperature recorded over the plains was 44.2 degrees Celsius at Banda in west Uttar Pradesh on Tuesday. IMD also forecast that heavy rain at isolated places likely over Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, sub-Himalayan West Bengal, Sikkim, Konkan and Goa, coastal Karnataka and Kerala till June 23.

HEAVY RAINFALL
- Konkan and Goa, southern central Maharashtra and Marathwada will witness heavy rainfall till June 23, forecast IMD.
- Pune may also experience cloudy skies in the coming few days.

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