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(Mahesh G/BCCL Vijayawada)

Monday, November 21: When meteorologists first sniffed out the developing depression over the Bay of Bengal last week, most forecasts indicated heavy rains along the coastal parts of Andhra Pradesh. But after the meteorological phenomenon concentrated into a full-fledged depression on Sunday, renewed rainfall forecasts now show more intense rains than previously predicted across the coastal state over the next few days.

According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), the aforementioned depression will likely maintain its fury for another day before weakening into a well-marked low-pressure zone by Tuesday, November 22. As of early Monday morning, the system lied about 580 kilometres off the Andhra city of Machilipatnam, and will continue approaching the south Andhra Pradesh-North Tamil Nadu coasts till Tuesday.

Under its influence, we can expect heavy to very heavy showers (64.5 mm-204.5 mm) to lash southern parts of Coastal Andhra Pradesh on Monday, while northern parts of the coast and the Rayalaseema subdivision will receive heavy rainfall (64.5 mm-115.5 mm) till Tuesday. Most other places in the state will experience light to moderate rains accompanied by thundershowers till Wednesday (November 23).

3-day rainfall accumulation from Monday to Thursday morning (TWC Met Team)

3-day rainfall accumulation from Monday to Thursday morning

(TWC Met Team)

In lieu of these conditions, the IMD has placed Andhra Pradesh on a yellow watch from Monday to Wednesday, which advises residents to remain updated on the ongoing weather. More specifically, the following districts will be on the same advisory this week:

  • Monday, November 21: Guntur, Prakasam, SPSR Nellore
  • Tuesday, November 22: Krishna, Guntur, Prakasam, SPSR Nellore, YSR Kadapa, Chittoor, Anantapuramu, Kurnool
  • Wednesday, November 23: Krishna, Guntur, Prakasam, SPSR Nellore, YSR Kadapa, Chittoor, Anantapuramu, Kurnool
  • Thursday, November 24: Krishna, Guntur, Prakasam, SPSR Nellore, YSR Kadapa, Chittoor, Anantapuramu, Kurnool

As for the capital city Amaravati as well as Vishakapatnam, generally cloudy skies with one or two spells of rain along with thundershowers will keep the weather slightly damp till Friday (November 25).

The ongoing chill in the air will also continue, with minimum temperatures hanging around 20°C in Amaravati and around 22-24°C in Vishakapatnam. The Weather Channel’s met team also forecasts lower-than-usual maximum temperatures across Andhra on Monday, with a warming trend towards the latter half of the week.

It is yet to be seen whether the new bout of rains will help Andhra Pradesh catch up to its rainfall deficiencies this month. Between November 1 and 20, the combined subdivision of Coastal Andhra and Yanam accumulated only 46 mm of precipitation compared to the normal of 91 mm, leading to a 49% deficiency. The landlocked Rayalaseema subdivision also racked only 44 mm of rainfall compared to the normal of 59 mm, leading to a 26% scarcity.

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