Monsoon hits Kerala, heat wave in parts of Rajasthan

Southwest Monsoon on Wednesday hit Kerala, marking the official commencement of rainy season in the country, with heavy rains leaving one dead in the state, even as heat wave continued in parts of Rajasthan where Bikaner sizzled at 47 degrees Celsius.

“Southwest monsoon has set in over Kerala and Lakshadweep,” said K Santosh, IMD Thiruvananthapuram head.

According to IMD, it has also advanced to most parts of Tamil Nadu, some parts of south interior Karnataka and remaining parts of south Bay of Bengal.

In the national capital, it was a sultry day with the Safdarjung observatory recording a maximum of 41.2 degrees Celsius. The MeT office has predicted overcast conditions as the day progresses on Thursday.

Several parts of Kerala have been receiving heavy rains since from Tuesday night.

Light to moderate rain and thundershowers occurred at a few places in the state, while isolated places in the eastern parts received heavy rains and thundershowers.

Heat wave prevailed in parts of Rajasthan where Bikaner recorded a maximum of 47 degrees Celsius followed by Phalodi in Jodhpur town which sizzled at 46.5 degrees Celsius.

Churu received 0.2 mm of rainfall, while duststorm occurred at isolated places in the state including Jaipur.

In various parts of Punjab and Haryana, maximum temperatures stayed below normal levels as it rained in several places. Hisar recorded a high of 43.3 degrees Celsius.

In Bihar, Gaya was the hottest with a maximum temperature of 39.8 degrees Celsius.

The MeT department has forecast light rainfall in Patna and some other parts of the state in the next 24 hours.

In the eastern state of Odisha, Hirakud in Sambalpur district was the hottest, recording a high of 41.3 degrees Celsius. The state capital Bhubaneswar received 14.6 mm of rain and humidity was 100 per cent.

Malkangiri received maximum rainfall of 34 mm, while Puri and Paradeep received 24.8 and 24.4 mm of rains respectively.

Day temperatures in different parts of West Bengal remained normal.

The weatherman has forecast partly cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain in most parts of Gangetic West Bengal, while moderate rain has been forecast in parts of the state’s Sub-Himalayan region.

(SA - @09/06)