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(Madhusudhan/TOI, BCCL, Mysuru)

Thursday, November 24: Parts of South Peninsular India are in for a fresh spell of wet weather, with widespread rains forecast across the entire region in the coming days.

As per the India Meteorological Department (IMD), yesterday’s low-pressure area over south coastal Andhra Pradesh and neighbourhood has become less marked, while its associated cyclonic circulation continues to lie over north interior Tamil Nadu and neighbourhood. Furthermore, a fresh cyclonic circulation is likely to emerge over the north Andaman Sea during the next 24 hours.

Under the influence of these systems, isolated to scattered rains of light to moderate intensity are expected across Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Lakshadweep during the next five days — from Thursday to next Monday (November 24-28).

Andaman and Nicobar Islands may also witness similar intensity showers in this five-day forecast period, although their coverage would be fairly widespread to widespread.

The IMD has also forecast thunderstorms over some of these states during this time frame. Accordingly, a yellow watch (meaning ‘be aware’ of local weather) has been issued over Tamil Nadu on Thursday, and across Coastal-South Interior Karnataka and Kerala next Sunday and Monday.

3-day rainfall forecast from Thursday to Sunday morning. (TWC Met Team)

3-day rainfall forecast from Thursday to Sunday morning.

(TWC Met Team)

Meanwhile, during the 24-hour period between Wednesday and Thursday mornings (from and till 8:30 am), wet conditions were observed across parts of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Rayalaseema and North and South Interior Karnataka. Isolated locations in Tamil Nadu witnessed heavy rains, while thunderstorms were observed at isolated places over Coastal Andhra Pradesh and Rayalaseema.

Despite the wet conditions, however, the daytime as well as nighttime temperatures across South Peninsular India remained above average (for this time of the year) during the past 24 hours. This marks a stark contrast compared to the rest of the country, which has been enjoying chilly winter weather this week.

Lastly, owing to the ongoing northeast monsoon season and the presence of multiple systems in the Bay of Bengal, both Tamil Nadu (163.6 mm) and Kerala (130.7 mm) have recorded ‘normal’ rainfall so far this November.

But on the flip side, Andhra has registered a 36% ‘deficit’, while Karnataka (12.9 mm) and Telangana (0.8 mm) have suffered 65% and 96% ‘large deficits’ compared to their respective long-term average figures for the first 23 days of November.


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