File photo: Heavy rain drenches Nagpur, Maharashtra

(Aniruddhasingh Dinore/BCCL Nagpur)

Thursday, June 23: Now that the southwest monsoon has almost completely covered India’s eastern and central states, the rainfall activity across these regions is expected to surge for the rest of this week, with heavy showers on the horizon.

As per the India Meteorological Department (IMD), southerly/southwesterly winds blowing in from the Bay of Bengal are likely to dump intense precipitation over East and adjoining Central India.

Under their influence, fairly widespread rainfall with thunderstorms and lightning will continue over Gangetic West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha, Chhattisgarh and Maharashtra’s Vidarbha subdivision during the next four days — from Thursday to Sunday, June 23-26.

Furthermore, isolated heavy showers are expected over Vidarbha on Thursday and Friday, Jharkhand on Friday and Saturday, and across Bihar, Odisha and Chhattisgarh from Thursday to Sunday.

Five-day rain forecast across India.

(TWC Met Team)

In view of these predictions, the IMD has issued a yellow watch over the aforementioned states in this four-day forecast period, so as to urge their residents to ‘be aware’ of the weather situation (especially during heavy rainfall and thunderstorm episodes).

Meanwhile, the ongoing wet spell over the region has prevailed since the beginning of this week. Even yesterday, i.e. on Wednesday, June 22, the IMD observed rainfall at a few places in Chhattisgarh, Odisha and Gangetic West Bengal, and at isolated places in Bihar and Jharkhand.

In spite of these rainy conditions and a not-so-delayed monsoon onset, however, the recorded precipitation across these east-central states has remained below average since the beginning of the monsoon period.

Between June 1 and 22, Gangetic West Bengal (103.9 mm), Odisha (82.2 mm), Chhattisgarh (74.7 mm), Vidarbha (69 mm) and Jharkhand (68.8 mm) have all recorded ‘deficit’ rains as compared to their respective average figures for this period. Bihar (87.5 mm), on the other hand, is the only state in this region to have registered ‘normal’ rainfall.

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