Southwest monsoon advances into remaining parts of northeast Bay of Bengal: IMD

New Delhi, May 31 (UNI) The Southwest Monsoon advanced into the remaining parts of northeast Bay of Bengal, Tripura, Meghalaya and Assam and most parts of Sub-Himalayan West Bengal & Sikkim, India Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Friday.

On Thursday, the IMD had announced the onset of Southwest monsoon over Kerala and northeast India.

The monsoon hit the country’s mainland two days in advance against its normal date of onset on June 1.

In 2023, the southwest monsoon had set in on June 8.

The IMD said, “the conditions are favourable for further advance of monsoon into some more parts of the central Arabian Sea, Lakshadweep, Kerala, some parts of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Southwest Bay of Bengal during the next 2-3 days”.

On heatwave conditions, it said heatwave to severe heatwave conditions are very likely in many parts over Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi and Punjab till 2nd June. The highest maximum temperature of 48.3°C was reported at Sri Ganganagar in the West Rajasthan yesterday.

The IMD predicted some relief from the prevailing heatwave conditions over Northwest, Central & East India gradually during the next 2-3 days.

“Gradual fall in maximum temperatures by 2-3°C is very likely over Northwest & Central India during next 3 days and no significant change thereafter”, it said.

IMD said light rainfall with thunderstorms, are likely over the plains of Northwest India from May 31 to June 3.

“Duststorm is very likely over East Rajasthan from 31 May to 3rd June; Uttar Pradesh on 31st May and 1st June and West Rajasthan on 1st and 2nd June” it said in a statement.

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