File photo: Heavy rains lash Indore, Madhya Pradesh

(Pravin Barnale/BCCL Indore)

Wednesday, July 28: Parts of central India, particularly the states of Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh, are set to end the month of July on a wetter note, as enhanced rainfall activity has been forecast over the region starting Thursday, July 29.

As per The Weather Channel’s met team, a well-marked low-pressure system that is currently located over north Bay of Bengal is expected to slowly move westwards, and reach northern Chhattisgarh by this weekend.

This system will produce fairly widespread to widespread showers, along with heavy falls, over East India until July 30, predicts the India Meteorological Department (IMD). But as the low-pressure moves further inland, the focus of the rainfall activity will gradually shift from East to Central India as well.

Accordingly, fairly widespread to widespread rainfall with isolated heavy to very heavy showers are on the horizon over East Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh from Thursday to Sunday, July 29 to August 1.

Furthermore, isolated extremely heavy falls may also bombard Chhattisgarh on Friday, and East Madhya Pradesh come Saturday.

The northern portion of Chhattisgarh may witness up to 100-150 mm precipitation from Friday to Saturday, the weather.com meteorologists have indicated.

5-day rain forecast across India from July 28 to August 1.

(TWC Met Team)

In view of these predictions, the IMD has issued an orange alert over both the states from July 29 to August 1, with the advisory urging residents to ‘be prepared’ for rough weather.

Within Madhya Pradesh, the IMD’s regional met centre in Bhopal has hinted at the possibility of isolated extremely heavy rainfall over the districts of Rewa, Satna, Panna and Damoh on Thursday; and over Dindori, Balaghat, and Mandla on Saturday.

A red warning has been issued over these districts, thereby instructing their residents to ‘take action’ to keep themselves safe from the harsh conditions.

While both states will finish July on a high, in terms of seasonal precipitation, Madhya Pradesh as well as Chhattisgarh have received normal rainfall since the beginning of the monsoon season in June.

In the period between June 1 and July 27, Madhya Pradesh has recorded 391.2 mm rainfall, while Chhattisgarh has registered 500.5 mm precipitation—on par with their respective average figures for this time frame.

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