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Thursday, June 30: The northwestern state of Uttar Pradesh is among the last Indian states to welcome the 2022 southwest monsoon season. The monsoon rains, which had only covered its eastern half until yesterday, are set to engulf the entire state within the next 24 hours, effectively causing intense precipitation across the state.

According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), the monsoon conditions will be aided by an east-west trough running from Punjab to the west-central Bay of Bengal, off the south Odisha coast, in creating wet weather over the state.

Under their influence, isolated locations in East Uttar Pradesh will receive extremely heavy rainfall (above 204.4 mm) on Thursday, June 30. Other parts could be in for widespread rains with locally heavy falls and thunderstorms, with rainfall of over 100 mm likely in some locations on the day.

And once the monsoon sets in completely, heavy rains are expected to continue lashing many parts of Uttar Pradesh until Saturday, July 2.

24-hour rainfall accumulation from Thursday to Friday. (TWC Met Team)

24-hour rainfall accumulation from Thursday to Friday.

(TWC Met Team)

In view of these forecasts, a red warning has been issued over East Uttar Pradesh for Thursday so as to urge locals to “take action” and protect themselves from the rough conditions. On Friday and Saturday, July 1-2, the subdivision will be on a yellow watch, which advises residents to “be updated” on the inclement weather situation.

As for district-level alerts, the IMD’s regional met centre in Lucknow has issued a red warning over Jalaun, Jhansi, Mahoba and Hamirpur for Thursday; and Badaun, Farrukabad and Kannauj for Friday.

On Wednesday, the monsoon entered more districts of Uttar Pradesh, such as Varanasi, Azamgarh, Gorakhpur, Lakhimpur Kheri and Bareilly. Several other parts, including the state capital Lucknow, witnessed overcast skies, with the rains bringing down the city’s maximum temperature from 40.6°C on to 33°C on Wednesday.

As was the case with most Indian states, the southwest monsoon’s arrival in Uttar Pradesh was slightly delayed. The monsoon, which usually enter East Uttar Pradesh by June 15, marked their onset over the southeasternmost parts of the state around June 18, after which slow progression followed.

While the monsoon showers are expected to cover the entire state by June 30, the northern limit of monsoon stood bordering East Uttar Pradesh districts until June 29. Due to this very fact, the state has received just 23.4 mm rainfall between June 1 and 29 — almost 75% lesser than its average for this period (89.2 mm).

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