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(SUBHRAJIT CHANDRA/ BCCL)

Wednesday, July 13: Rajasthan is undoubtedly one of the most touristy places in India, with its fair share of majestic palaces, lovely forts and mysterious Havelis. Unfortunately, the state has the climatic appeal of a furnace for most of the year. But during the monsoons, Rajasthani cities undergo a transformation — the weather becomes pleasant and the dark skies give the palaces an otherworldly look. And that time of the year is here for Rajasthan!

The monsoons first covered the state by July 2, after Rajasthan witnessed several wet spells. But it has experienced a relative lull since the beginning of this week, even as its neighbouring state of Gujarat continued to be pounded by heavy rains.

After a weekend full of torrential rain at many places in Rajasthan, the rainfall activity over most parts of the desert state decreased on Monday, and the majority of its districts have since witnessed hot and humid weather.

But the rains will now pick up thanks to a combination of meteorological factors — an active monsoon trough south of its normal position, an east-west shear zone running across North Peninsular India, and a well-marked low-pressure area over south coastal Odisha.

Under their collective influence, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecast heavy to very heavy precipitation over isolated parts of Rajasthan on Wednesday and Thursday (July 13 and 14).

In view of these forecasts, an orange alert has been issued over West Rajasthan for Wednesday and East Rajasthan on Wednesday and Thursday, so as to urge the locals to “be prepared” for the heavy rains.

As for district-level advisories, the IMD has placed orange alerts over the Mandsaur, Neemuch, Sirohi and Pali districts of the state for Wednesday. No major alerts have been issued for Thursday.

If you live in Jodhpur, Balmer, Jaisalmer, Nagaur, Udaipur, Kota or the adjoining districts, we recommend you carry an umbrella before you leave your homes, as these cities might experience thunderstorms and lightning in the next 24 hours.

Meanwhile, the state capital Jaipur will witness partly cloudy skies with the possibility of rain, thunderstorm or duststorms this week.

In terms of monsoon rainfall accumulation, Rajasthan has fared pretty well so far this season. Between June 1 and July 12, the state has recorded 58.8 mm rainfall — a whopping 112% ‘excess’ compared to its normal (27.7 mm) for the period.

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