Gujarat Rain News

Mumbai sees nearly 70% of average July rainfall in 5 days
The Indian Express | 12 hours ago
The Indian Express
12 hours ago

With Tuesday’s downpour, Mumbai has recorded 69.41 per cent (594 mm) of the average July rainfall (855.7 mm) in just the first five days of the month.After a dry period in June, the city has recorded moderate to heavy rainfall since the start of this month. On three days this month, the city received more than 100 mm rain. In nine hours on Tuesday, the India Meteorological Department’s (IMD) Santacruz observatory recorded 153.3 mm of rain, categorised as very heavy rainfall.The weather bureau has forecast the current surge in rainfall activity to continue in Mumbai and the entire Konkan region and ghat areas of Madhya Maharashtra till the end of this week. Maharashtra is very likely to experience an active rainfall spell this week.“Due to active monsoon conditions, rainfall activity over Konkan and adjoining ghat areas of Madhya Maharashtra is expected to increase in the next 4 to 5 days. Widespread rainfall activity with heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places and isolated extremely heavy rainfall is expected over the region in this period. Parts of Marathwada and Vidarbha are also very likely to receive widespread rainfall activity,” stated the forecast.The IMD has issued an orange alert for Mumbai and Thane for July 7-8, indicating extremely heavy rainfall in isolated places, while a red alert has been issued for Palghar (July 8) and Raigad and Ratnagiri till July 8.The IMD’s Santacruz observatory recorded total rainfall for the season at 733 mm, which is 13 mm higher than average, while the Colaba conservatory recorded 48 mm surplus rain. In the 24 hours ending at 8.30 am on Tuesday, rainfall recorded by the Colaba observatory was 117.4 mm while the Santacruz observatory recorded 124.2 mm rainfall.Dr Jayanta Sarkar, scientist and head of the Regional Meteorological Centre, Mumbai, said, “The weather conditions currently are very active in the state. The reason is various favourable synoptic situations like a low-pressure area, whose latest location is central parts of Madhya Pradesh (as on Tuesday afternoon), an offshore trough from Gujarat coast to Maharashtra coast and strong westerly winds. We expect widespread rains in the entire state for the next five days and especially scattered places could see heavy to very heavy rain and isolated places could see extremely heavy rain.”

Mumbai sees nearly 70% of average July rainfall in 5 days
  • Rains expected in Delhi throughout the week, says IMD
  • The Indian Express

    Delhi is expected to receive rains during the upcoming week (July 2-8), the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.Light rainfall is likely on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, according to IMD, while heavy showers are expected on July 6.The Safdarjung weather station recorded very light rainfall on Friday, around 1.9 mm, a day after the IMD said that the southwest monsoon had reached Delhi. The weather observatory at Aya Nagar recorded the highest amount of rainfall on the day — 14.8 mm.On Saturday, the maximum temperature is likely to be around 34 degree Celsius. It stood at 31.9 degree, five degree below the normal, on Friday. The maximum temperature remained below 35 degree at all weather stations in the city on Friday.The minimum temperature recorded early on Saturday was 26.2 degree Celsius, two degree below normal. At 8.30 am on Saturday, the temperature was 28.4 degree, while the relative humidity was around 92%, and the wind direction was north-northwesterly.Over the next six days, the maximum temperature is likely to range from 32-36 degree Celsius, while the minimum temperature could range between 24 and 27 degree.The southwest monsoon is likely to reach the remaining parts of Rajasthan and Gujarat in the next two days, and is hence likely to cover the entire country in the next two days, the IMD said in a bulletin issued on Saturday.Meanwhile, the air quality in Delhi improved to reach the ‘satisfactory’ category on Friday. The AQI was 76, down from a 116 the previous day. A forecast issued by the Air Quality Early Warning System on Friday indicates that the AQI is likely to remain in the ‘satisfactory’ to ‘moderate’ categories on Saturday and Sunday.

  • Normal rainfall over India in July, says IMD
  • The Indian Express

    The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecast normal rainfall over the country during July, which is 280.4 mm as per data from 1971 to 2020. “Monthly rainfall for July over the country is most likely to be normal, which is 94 to 106 per cent of the Long Period Average (LPA),” the forecast issued on Friday stated.However, Odisha, West Bengal, northeast India, Kerala, coastal Karnataka, Vidarbha regions will experience below normal rainfall during this month. Normal to above normal rain is expected over Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, interior Karnataka, Telangana, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Delhi and Tripura this month.July rainfall accounts for 35 per cent of the seasonal rainfall and is crucial for sowing and early growing stages of the kharif crops. The rainfall in this month is particularly significant as June ended with an 8 per cent deficit over the country.Presently, an east-west trough runs between northwest Rajasthan and northeast Bay of Bengal, attracting moist winds both from the Arabian Sea and Bay of Bengal over northern India regions. Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh are likely to receive widespread rains during the next five days. Overall, the monsoon is likely to remain active during the first week to about 10 days of July, bringing widespread rainfall all over the country, including central India, except the northeastern regions.On Friday, the southwest monsoon advanced into Punjab, Haryana and some more parts of Rajasthan. With the availability of favourable conditions, the monsoon is set to cover the entire country during the next two to three days. As of Friday, the northern limit of monsoon passed through Deesa, Chittorgarh, Bikaner and Khajuwala.

  • Monsoon reaches Delhi; IMD predicts rains in Bihar, Uttarakhand, Haryana & Chandigarh
  • The Indian Express

    The Southwest monsoon reached Delhi on Thursday as the city experienced light showers from early in the morning. The normal onset date of the monsoon in Delhi is June 27, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.Meanwhile, Uttarakhand, Haryana and Chandigarh are also likely to get heavy to very heavy rainfall on Thursday while eastern parts of Uttar Pradesh are likely to get extremely heavy rainfall, according to the IMD. Bihar has been slotted into the IMD’s ‘take action’ category, the agency’s highest, due to the likelihood of heavy rainfall. The bulletin added that parts of Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Jharkhand, Bihar, West Bengal and Sikkim are also likely to get heavy rainfall on June 30.In Assam, 12 more people died due to the floods, taking toll to 151. A bulletin issued by the Assam State Disaster Management Authority stated that while 11 people died in the floods, one person was killed in a landslide.Officials told news agency PTI that the town of Silchar in the state’s Cachar district has remained underwater for the last 10 days. Around 31.5 lakh people have been affected by the flooding so far, up from 24.92 lakh on the previous day. Brahmaputra, Beki, Kopili, Barak and Kushiyara rivers were flowing above the danger level, reported PTI.At the same time, more rains have been predicted in different parts of India in the upcoming week as a part of the advance of southwest monsoon. While widespread light to moderate rainfall is likely to continue over many parts of western coast, east, central and northeast India, scattered to fairly widespread rainfall is likely over many parts of peninsular India.The dry weather is expected to continue over the rest of the parts of the country.As per their daily bulletin issued on June 30 at 7.30 am, the IMD has predicted rainfall as follows.   

  • Monsoon likely to hit Delhi between June 30 and July 1, says IMD
  • The Indian Express

    The southwest monsoon is likely to hit Delhi between June 30 and July 1, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Tuesday.The ‘normal’ onset date of the southwest monsoon in Delhi is June 27. Last year, the onset was delayed with the monsoon hitting the city on July 13.Conditions are favourable for the further advance of the monsoon into remaining parts of Bihar, parts of Uttar Pradesh and some parts of Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir during the next 24 hours, the IMD said on Tuesday.“Conditions would continue to become favourable for further advance of monsoon into remaining parts of the Arabian Sea and Gujarat, some parts of Rajasthan, remaining parts of Madhya Pradesh, entire Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir, some parts of Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh, entire Delhi during the subsequent 48 hours (i.e. between June 30 to July 1),” the IMD said.Cloudy skies, light to moderate rain or thundershowers, and gusty winds of 30 to 40 kmph are on the forecast for June 30 in Delhi. Light rain or thundershowers are also on the forecast for July 1, and very light rainfall is likely on July 2.The IMD had declared the onset of the southwest monsoon over Kerala on May 29. After its onset over Kerala, it advances northwards.The northern limit of the southwest monsoon, which is the northernmost limit up to which it has advanced on a given day, passed through Ratlam, Shivpuri, Rewa, and Churk on Tuesday.The possibility of very light rainfall or a drizzle towards the night is on the forecast for Delhi on Tuesday.

  • Monsoon yet to reach Delhi, IMD to confirm onset date
  • The Indian Express

    The southwest monsoon has not yet reached Delhi, and has missed its ‘normal’ onset date in the city – June 27. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) is yet to confirm when the monsoon might reach the national capital.Asked if there were any updates on when the monsoon might hit Delhi, IMD senior scientist R K Jenamani said there were none, but the IMD is monitoring the conditions and an update is likely to come on Tuesday.The onset of the monsoon in the national capital was delayed last year, when the IMD declared that it had reached the city on July 13, two weeks past the ‘normal’ date. In 2020, it hit the city a little earlier, on June 25. The southwest monsoon hit the national capital in the first week of July in 2019, 2017 and 2016 as well.On Monday, the IMD said the southwest monsoon had advanced into most parts of the Arabian Sea and Gujarat on Monday. The IMD has also issued a forecast for when the monsoon might reach other parts of northwest India. “Conditions are favourable for further advance of the monsoon into remaining parts of the Arabian Sea, Gujarat, some parts of Rajasthan, remaining parts of Madhya Pradesh and Bihar, some more parts of Uttar Pradesh and some parts of Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir during the next three to four days,” the IMD said in a release issued on Monday.Though the monsoon has missed its date, an east-west trough over North India and moisture-laden winds from the Bay of Bengal and the Arabian Sea are likely to bring light to moderate rainfall or thundershowers to Delhi on June 29 and 30. With rainfall in the forecast, the maximum temperature could fall to around 35 degrees on June 30. Cloudy skies and light rainfall are also on the forecast for July 1, while very light rainfall is likely on July 2 and 3.The city witnessed another sultry day on Monday, when the maximum temperature was 40.9 degrees Celsius at the Safdarjung weather observatory, four degrees above the normal for this time of the year. Humidity remained high reaching a maximum of 72% over the past 24 hours, going by an IMD bulletin issued Monday evening. The highest maximum temperature recorded on Monday in the city was 42.1 degrees at Najafgarh. There has not been much respite from the heat at night, with the minimum temperature settling at 29.4 degrees early on Monday – two degrees above the normal for this time of the year.

Several states on alert as IMD warns of heavy rainfall for next four days
The Indian Express | 12 hours ago
The Indian Express
12 hours ago

Vigorous Southwest Monsoon conditions are likely to prevail over coastal Maharashtra and overall west coast, which will bring very heavy to extremely heavy rainfall during the next five days, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has warned.Rajasthan, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh will also experience enhanced rainfall during the next few days.For the first time, Maharashtra rainfall fell under the ‘normal’ category in this season. Since June 1, the state has received 227.9 mm of rain. Statistically, this is 12 per cent short of the state’s seasonal normal till July 5, but the IMD considers this deficit within the normal rainfall category.There is a low-pressure area present over central Madhya Pradesh. An off-shore trough runs between Gujarat and Maharashtra, and the monsoon trough is currently running below its normal position and lastly, there are strong westerly winds blowing from the Arabian Sea over to Maharashtra.As per IMD’s latest weather forecasts, Konkan and Madhya Maharashtra remain on ‘red’ alert (take action) till July 8.The IMD has placed Konkan and Madhya Maharashtra under ‘red’ alert till Friday, whereas an ‘orange’ alert has been issued for Saturday. Goa, coastal Karnataka, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand are also under ‘orange’ alert on Wednesday.For July 9, a warning has been issued for Rajasthan, Gujarat, Konkan, Madhya Maharashtra, Vidarbha and Odisha.

Several states on alert as IMD warns of heavy rainfall for next four days
NDRF deployed in three districts
Times of India | 2 days ago
Times of India
2 days ago

Ahmedabad: Heavy rain lashed parts of south Gujarat and Saurashtra regions, causing flood-like situation in the affected areas, prompting the deployment of five National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams in Surat, Banaskantha and Rajkot districts, officials said on Sunday.Parts of Navsari and Tapi districts in south Gujarat, as well as Devbhumi Dwarka, Junagadh and Jamnagar received heavy rainfall in the 24-hour period ending 6am on Sunday. With the state’s 30 talukas receiving heavy rainfall of over 50mm, the State Emergency Operation Centre (SEOC) said.Parts of Narmada, Bharuch, Surat and Vadodara were among those that received good rainfall during the day, it said.With the India Meteorological Department predicting heavy to very rainfall in some isolated pockets of Gujarat over the next five days, the NDRF moved eight of its teams to Surat, Banaskantha and Rajkot districts as “pre-monsoon deployment” from its base in Vadodara, the agency said in a Twitter update.One team each has been moved to Surat and Banaskantha, and three to Rajkot, the specialised relief and disaster combat agency added.Navsari witnessed major waterlogging, leading to traffic jams and blockage of underpasses. In Junagadh and Devbhumi Dwarka, monsoonal rivers received water and so did local dams, officials said.According to SEOC, over a 24-hour period ending at 6am, Vansda taluka of Navsari district received 136mm rainfall, Khambhaliya in Devbhumi Dwarka got 114mm rainfall, while it was 106mm in Manavadar in Junagadh, and 98mm in Dolvan in Tapi.The IMD had, on Saturday, said the southwest monsoon had covered and was active over Gujarat region, with light to moderate rain very likely over the next five days. PTI

NDRF deployed in three districts
Gujarat rains: One person, 90 animals killed in Anand flooding
The Indian Express | 3 days ago
The Indian Express
3 days ago

One person and 90 animals were killed after heavy rain lashed Borsad taluka of Anand district, the state government said here on Saturday. A team of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has been sent for rescue and relief operations after the region received 12 inch rainfall in the last 24 hours.As many as 380 people were shifted to safer places from rainfall-hit villages in Anand district by a team of the NDRF.“A total of 380 people from two villages in Borsad taluka were shifted to safer places due to flooding in low-lying areas. Rains have stopped in the area and water receded, but some 140 people have not been able to return home yet,” said a disaster management official of Anand district administration.Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel took stock of the situation and spoke to the district officials, especially about Sisva village where the situation is stated to be grim.Due to incessant rain, there has been no electricity supply in the region.The local administration has started removing the trees that fell on the roads due to heavy rainfall. Chief Minister Patel has directed his officials to start the process of giving out cash-doles to those affected in the flooding. He also asked the administration to undertake a preliminary survey of the losses, the release added.Meanwhile Palsana taluka in Surat recorded 209 mm rainfall in a day till Saturday morning, officials said.In the 24-hour period that ended at 6 am in Saturday, parts of south Gujarat and Banaskantha in north Gujarat received heavy rainfall, causing flooding in many areas.The Met department has forecast light to moderate rainfall in several parts of Gujarat over the next five days with heavy to very heavy rains in isolated parts of some districts in south and central Gujarat and Saurashtra-Kutch regions during this period.(With PTI inputs)

Gujarat rains: One person, 90 animals killed in Anand flooding
Heavy rains lash south Gujarat, Ukai gets fresh flow of water
Times of India | 5 days ago
Times of India
5 days ago

SURAT: The Ukai reservoir started receiving fresh water of the season with rainfall in the catchment area in Maharashtra on Thursday. Over 11,000 cusecs inflow were reported at the dam while the water level was at 315.33 foot. Dam officials claim there will not be immediate change in levels as water is being released for irrigation at present. “Considering the demand for water by farmers, we are releasing water through the canal. Till the monsoon picks up in south Gujarat, there will be water demand from the dam and hence there will not be significant rise in water levels,” said a dam official. Meanwhile, Umapada in Surat district received 161 mm rain on Thursday while Mangrol got 71 mm, Kamrej 61 mm and Choryasi 29 mm. Surat city received 12 mm rain during the day due to which some areas witnessed water logging issues. Meanwhile, 159 mm rain was recorded in Valsad taluka and 89 mm in Pardi taluka of Valsad on Thursday. In Vapi 36 mm and Hansot of Bharuch got 32mm, Dharampur 23 mm and Kaprada 20mm rainfall. Parts of Surat, Bharuch, Navsari, Dang, Tapi and Valsad districts of south Gujarat are likely to receive more rainfall in the next three days, said Manorama Mohanty, the director of Meteorological Centre, Ahmedabad. Heavy to very heavy rainfall is very likely at isolated places of the region, she said. “Though there will not be any significant rain in Saurashtra and Kutch region today, the rainfall activity will gain momentum from tomorrow and may bring heavy rainfall in some parts of that region on July 3 and 4,” Mohanty said. In the last 24 hours ending at 6am, Valsad received 159 mm rain, while Pardi received 89 mm, it said. According to officials, waterlogging was reported in low-lying areas of Valsad town and some parts of Surat, such as Varachha, Kapodra, Mahidharpura and Patel Wadi.

Heavy rains lash south Gujarat, Ukai gets fresh flow of water
  • Heavy rains lash S Gujarat, Ukai gets fresh flow of water
  • Times of India

    Surat: The Ukai reservoir started receiving fresh water of the season with rainfall in the catchment area in Maharashtra on Thursday. Over 11,000 cusecs inflow were reported at the dam while the water level was at 315.33 foot. Dam officials claim there will not be immediate change in levels as water is being released for irrigation at present. “Considering the demand for water by farmers, we are releasing water through the canal. Till the monsoon picks up in south Gujarat, there will be water demand from the dam and hence there will not be significant rise in water levels,” said a dam official. Meanwhile, Umapada in Surat district received 161 mm rain on Thursday while Mangrol got 71 mm, Kamrej 61 mm and Choryasi 29 mm. Surat city received 12 mm rain during the day due to which some areas witnessed water logging issues. Meanwhile, 159 mm rain was recorded in Valsad taluka and 89 mm in Pardi taluka of Valsad on Thursday. In Vapi 36 mm and Hansot of Bharuch got 32mm, Dharampur 23 mm and Kaprada 20mm rainfall. Parts of Surat, Bharuch, Navsari, Dang, Tapi and Valsad districts of south Gujarat are likely to receive more rainfall in the next three days, said Manorama Mohanty, the director of Meteorological Centre, Ahmedabad.Heavy to very heavy rainfall is very likely at isolated places of the region, she said.“Though there will not be any significant rain in Saurashtra and Kutch region today, the rainfall activity will gain momentum from tomorrow and may bring heavy rainfall in some parts of that region on July 3 and 4,” Mohanty said.In the last 24 hours ending at 6am, Valsad received 159 mm rain, while Pardi received 89 mm, it said.According to officials, waterlogging was reported in low-lying areas of Valsad town and some parts of Surat, such as Varachha, Kapodra, Mahidharpura and Patel Wadi.

New No.3 Shubham a symbol of MP’s Ranji resurgence under Chandrakant Pandit
The Indian Express | 6 days ago
The Indian Express
6 days ago

When he led Madhya Pradesh in their previous Ranji Trophy match against Mumbai in February 2020, Shubham Sharma had batted at No. 6. For the 2021-22 season, although no longer captain, he had been promoted to No. 3 after coach Chandrakant Pandit saw him in the nets last June.In 32 first-class games before the start of this season since his debut in 2013, Shubham had scored a mere three hundreds. Buoyed by the promotion and what he calls better team culture and preparation, the 28-year- old from Indore struck four centuries in just six matches this season. He ended on a high with arguably the most important knock of the Ranji final against Mumbai – an attacking hundred in a game-defining 222-run second-wicket stand with the more sedate centurion Yash Dubey.“A year ago, when he (Pandit) saw me bat for the first time, he told me, ‘Be prepared, you will bat at No 3.’ I would bat at No. 6 or 7 earlier. Yash was also a middle-order batsman,” Shubham says.“The culture that sir (Pandit) has brought, be it discipline, planning, or game awareness, that is the reason for this success (Ranji Trophy title). He made changes to the batting order after observing everyone bat. The batting line-up this year was very different. Very few of our batsmen had played before at the position they batted this year.”Shubham enjoyed immediate success this Ranji season with 92 and an unbeaten 103 in a 106-run win over Gujarat in MP’s first match. What helped him most in that game was a message from Pandit while he was in the middle that he should avoid playing the cut.“He would tell us about how great Mumbai batsmen of the past would avoid a shot for an entire day if they felt they could not get it right after one or two attempts at the start,” Shubham says.“When I was batting against Gujarat, sir sent in a message that I should avoid playing the square-cut. So, I avoided it. There was some pace and bounce in the wicket and there are times when your body positioning is not great on a particular day. That decision helped me a lot.”There was no looking back after the Gujarat game, for MP as well as Shubham. He made 111 in the next game against Meghalaya. He followed that with 102 in the quarter-final against Punjab. And while he could not make the most of his starts – 17 and 26 – against Bengal in the semi-final, his brisk 116 deflated Mumbai in the final.“I had not taken any pressure of the occasion, that it was the final and all. There was a bit of anxiety, of course, for the first few deliveries until I scored my first run,” Shubham says. “But I forgot everything else after scoring my first four off a cover drive. After that, I was able to focus on just playing normally and going for my shots whenever I got the delivery for it. Sir had told me to not play across the line much as the bounce could be low at times on that pitch, so I kept that in mind.”A feature of the partnership between Shubham and Dubey was the consistently good running between the wickets, something that put constant pressure on Mumbai fielders. “(Mumbai captain) Prithvi (Shaw) was placing the straight fielders a bit deeper when we were attacking. So when that happened, whoever was at the non-striker’s end would signal to the striker that the fielder had moved back and then instead of hitting a lofted shot, we would hit along the ground and take a single. That is how we rotated strike.”Leaving nothing to chanceA reason MP were switched on throughout their campaign, according to Shubham, was their painstaking preparation, be it arriving in Bangalore a couple of weeks before the knockouts, or going through practice sessions under lights after midnight in Indore last year. Their Indian Premier League players – Rajat Patidar, Kumar Kartikeya, Kuldeep Sen – remained in touch with the MP team management throughout and were up for resuming red-ball training immediately after their T20 engagements ended.“I have played knockouts earlier too but this time our preparation was very good. During the last monsoon, Sir made us practise under lights at Holkar Stadium,” Shubham says. “He wanted us to be ready to face any situation, such as play starting immediately after a shower. You should be able to give your best even then, you should be able to switch on and off easily. If you are made to bat at night, when you are used to sleeping, are you able to concentrate at that time? Are you able to give the same effort with the ball and in the field?“Also, we reached Bangalore on May 20 itself for the knockouts. We were sure that we were not there just to play the quarter-finals this time.”Towards the end of MP’s first innings, with a healthy lead already in hand, there were a couple of rain interruptions that got nerves jangling in their dressing room. The 1998-99 final heartbreak against Karnataka at the same Chinnaswamy Stadium – MP’s only previous title clash – was still fresh in then-MP skipper Pandit’s mind.“Sir, the captain (Aditya Shrivastava) and I were having a conversation in the dressing room while the rain was coming down. And Sir said that not only had we taken the first-innings lead in that final, but it had rained then also. The parallels were making us all jittery, it is never over till it is over.”It still isn’t over for Shubham in a way, despite the season’s labours and ultimate reward. With his parents at his elder brother’s place in Hyderabad, he is staying put at home in Indore for now. “Who knows, a message can come any day, that next season’s preparations have to be started.”

New No.3 Shubham a symbol of MP’s Ranji resurgence under Chandrakant Pandit
Barodians scurry for cover as heavy rain lashes city at night
Times of India | 1 week ago
Times of India
1 week ago

Vadodara: Heavy rains accompanied by lightning and thunder lashed the city on Sunday evening. After the skies remained clear all day, it suddenly changed in the evening and by 8pm, it began to pour heavily again, sending people scurrying for cover in the city.The walled city areas, including Dandia Bazaar, Raopura Road, Panigate and Wadi, witnessed waterlogging due to the heavy downpour. In the western areas, the Old Padra Road saw heavy traffic snarls due to the ongoing construction of a flyover. The narrow service roads on both sides of the flyover got waterlogged for a while. Godhra taluka in Panchmahal district too saw heavy winds and lightning. A tree caught fire after it got struck by lightning about six kilometres from Godhra town. In Mahisagar district, a five-year-old girl got electrocuted as she got close to an electric pole. Her family members, though, saved the minor and rushed her to the hospital. Her condition is said to be stable.Across Gujarat, 84 talukas recorded rainfall till 8pm. Umarpada in Surat recorded maximum 65mm of rain, followed by 50mm in Dharampur, Valsad; 47mm in Jambughoda, Panchmahal; 42mm in Songadh, Tapi; and 41mm in Chikhli, Navsari. Viramgam recorded 25mm of rain, and Sanand and Mandal, 4mm each.According to IMD forecast, some parts of south Gujarat may experience heavy rainfall on Monday and almost all the districts are likely to get thundershowers due to a cyclonic circulation.

Barodians scurry for cover as heavy rain lashes city at night
2 Killed, 1 Injured In Lighting Strike In Gujarat Amid Heavy Rainfall
Ndtv | 2 weeks ago
Ndtv
2 weeks ago

Gujarat Weather Update: As many as 57 taluks in Gujarat recorded some rainfall. (Representational)Bhavnagar: Two members of a family were killed and one person was injured in a lightning strike in Moti Jagdhar village in Gujarat's Bhavnagar district on Sunday amid rain and thunder in many parts of the state.Bhupati Mavji (25) and his nephew Ravi (10) were killed after lightning struck them in the afternoon when they were returning after completing a job under the MGNREGA scheme in Moti Jagdhar village, a Mahuva police station official said."A woman, who was seriously injured in the incident, was shifted to a hospital in Mahuva for treatment," he added.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comAs many as 57 taluks in Gujarat recorded some rainfall, with Mahuva in Bhavnagar receiving 15 mm rainfall between 10 am and 12 noon on Sunday, as per the State Emergency Operation Centre.The meteorological department has forecast light to moderate rainfall with heavy rainfall in isolated places in several districts of the state over the next five days.

2 Killed, 1 Injured In Lighting Strike In Gujarat Amid Heavy Rainfall
Monsoon so far: heavy rainfall in parts of N-E, hardly any elsewhere
The Indian Express | 2 weeks ago
The Indian Express
2 weeks ago

The southwest monsoon has started inconsistently in different parts of the country, with rain eluding many states but lashing parts of other states. The all-India rainfall was 18% short of normal until Friday. But while a majority of India awaits rain, Assam and Meghalaya have been submerged in record rainfall of 1,000mm in the last 24 hours.Monsoon so farDespite the monsoon’s early arrival on May 29 over Kerala, rainfall has been abysmally poor over most regions where the onset has been declared. The rainfall deficiency for the season until June 17 is as high as 60% in Kerala and Maharashtra.Experts at the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said that the wind circulation pattern is yet to fully get established.This, along with absence of favourable systems, have kept the monsoon inactive so far. Senior Met officials noted that the monsoon onset has largely been driven by convective activities — thunder, lightning and localised rainfall, mainly realised during afternoon hours.On Friday, the Northern Limit of Monsoon (NLM) — or the imaginary line indicating the areas covered by the Southwest monsoon — passed through Porbandar, Bhavnagar, Khandwa, Gondia, Durg, Bhawanipura, Kalingapatnam, Malda and Motihari. On Friday, the monsoon advanced into a very small geographical area over north Bihar and sub-Himalayan West Bengal. The southwest monsoon has covered the entire Southern Peninsular and Northeast India, southern Chhattisgarh and Odisha, and some parts of Gujarat and Bihar.Region-wise, the rainfall departures were –24% in Southern Peninsular India and +39% in East and Northeast India. Over other regions, where the monsoon is yet to arrive, the departures were –63% in Northwest India and –57% in Central India.World’s wettest placesCherrapunji in Meghalaya, among the world’s wettest locations, has received unprecedented rainfall this week. In just three days between June 15 and 17, the total rainfall recorded was 2,456 mm — more than the annual rainfall of many places in central India and Mumbai’s seasonal (June to September) average rainfall. Friday (972 mm) was Cherrapunji’s third wettest June day since 1901, and Wednesday (811.6 mm) was the eighth wettest.Mawsynram in Meghalaya, the world’s wettest place, broke an 83-year record for June. The 24-hour rainfall on Friday at Mawsynram was 1003.6mm. The previous highest rainfall in June here was 954.4mm in June 1966.The IMD has attributed such extreme rainfall consistently over three days to the strong and moisture-loaded southerly winds blowing from the Bay of Bengal straight towards parts of Assam and Meghalaya. Since June 1, Meghalaya and Assam have recorded 194% and 96% surplus rainfall, respectively. Other northeastern states remain in deficit: Mizoram (–46%) , Manipur (–45%) and Tripura (–39%).Implications for agricultureMany southern states have started kharif sowing. At present, nursery sowing or transplantation of rice, finger millet, maize, soyabean, pigeon pea, groundnut are ongoing in Tamil Nadu, Kerala, coastal Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Haryana and Punjab.The agricultural meteorology division of the IMD has advised farmers to take up nursery of rice and vegetables and prepare land ahead of sowing.ForecastAfter remaining subdued for nearly three weeks, both the Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal branches of the southwest monsoon will make further progress starting June 19. The IMD has forecast enhanced rainfall activity along the west coast, especially Konkan, Kerala and coastal Karnataka during June 19-22.“The monsoon winds from the Arabian Sea are set to strengthen, and there are chances of development of an off-shore trough parallel to the west coast, resulting in heavy rains along the west coast,” a senior IMD, Pune official said on Friday.An “intense and very heavy rainfall” warning and a “yellow” alert have been issued for southern Konkan during these days.The extremely heavy rainfall over the Northeast, especially Assam and Meghalaya, will continue until Monday. Thereafter, a reduction in rainfall is likely owing to the change in wind direction from southerly to westerlies from the Bay of Bengal.Due to likely instability caused by interaction between westerly winds from higher altitudes and most winds from the Arabian Sea, Northwest India, parts of Jammu & Kashmir will receive heavy rain during the next three days, the IMD said.With the monsoon still keeping with the normal onset dates and the current yet to be established, the upcoming spell starting June 19 still carries hope. According to officials, widespread and heavy rainfall can make up for the prevailing large deficits, and officials said conditions are favourable for further advance of the monsoon over Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal and Bihar by early next week.

Monsoon so far: heavy rainfall in parts of N-E, hardly any elsewhere
  • Monsoon arrives in Gujarat early; 3 killed in wall collapse
  • The Indian Express

    The southwest monsoon marked its onset in Gujarat Monday, two days ahead of its scheduled arrival, with heavy rainfall in northern and Saurashtra districts of the state, even as three of a family were killed after a wall of their house collapsed following heavy rain in Morbi district late Sunday.Also, over 48 kutcha houses in Tapi district were damaged due to highspeed winds Sunday night, leaving them to take shelter in nearby safer areas. No casualty has been reported.The family was sleeping in their house in Sundaribhavani village under Halvad taluka when a wall collapsed on them. A woman, her husband and the latter’s brother suffered serious injuries and died on the spot. They were in the age group of 25 to 30 years, an official from Halvad police station said.In another incident, a woman was killed after being struck by lightning in Jhikiyari village of the district on Sunday evening.Rainfall was recorded in 91 talukas across 33 districts on Monday with Dhansura in Aravalli district recording the highest rainfall of 70 mm in 12 hours from 6 am.Pre-monsoon activity has been witnessed in the state over the past week.Other areas that received heavy rainfall were Mansa in Gandhinagar at 65 mm, Chotila in Surendranagar at 58 mm and Modasa in Aravalli and Vijaynagar in Sabarkantha that received 50 mm each.Patan, Banaskantha, Kheda, Amreli, Jamnagar, Kutch, Anand, Devbhumi Dwarka, Mahisagar, Surat, Junagadh, Chhota Udepur, Morbi, Vadodara, Dang, Bharuch, Rajkot, Ahmedabad, Panchmahal, Bhavnagar, Tapi, Porbandar, Navsari and Dahod received heavy rainfall.As per the district flood control department of Navsari, a water logging incident has been reported at the railway culvert wherein people were facing problems and along with this some of the low-lying areas were inundated into the rainwater.The rainfall measured in Navsari, Tapi and Dangs district in last 24 hours till Monday evening is Khergam 27 mm, Chikhli 8 mm, Jalalpore 20 mm, Navsari 7 mm, Ahwa 10 mm, Saputara 63mm, Vaghai 34 mm, Subir 21 mm, Valod 5 mm, Songadh 17 mm, Nizar 2mm.According to the district administration office, over 48 houses in 7 grampanchayats in Kukarmunda taluka of Tapi district had witnessed damages due to the high-speed winds and rainfall Sunday night. The roofs of the houses were flown into the air, in some houses, the wall collapsed and many other houses were damaged. The home inmates shifted themselves to a safer places due to such high-speed winds.The Tapi district administration had on Monday sent their teams to the spot in the villages to assess the damage caused by high-speed winds.Tapi district collector H K Vadhvaniya said, “We have carried out a survey and got its report about the loss. Our teams had talked to each and every person in the districts whose houses were damaged due to high-speed winds. We will prepare a report about such loss and sent it to state disaster management department in Gandhinagar. They will allot grant and then we will distribute it to beneficiaries. We are taking care of them and have supplied food packets to them.”The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a forecast of heavy rainfall for Tuesday and Wednesday across the state and light to moderate rainfall till June 17.“Heavy rain very likely at in districts of Kutch, Devbhumi Dwarka, Jamnagar, Morbi, Patan, Banaskantha, Sabarkantha, Aravalli and Gandhinagar. Light thunderstorm with lightning and surface wind 30- 40 kmph (in gust) accompanied with light to moderate rain very likely in districts of Gujarat, Saurashtra and Kutch,” the IMD forecast for Tuesday stated.Light thunderstorm with lightning accompanied with light to moderate rain is very likely in Banaskantha, Sabarkantha, Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar, Mehsana, Anand, Vadodara, Bharuch, Surat, Dang, Tapi, Navsari and Valsad as well as in all the districts of Saurashtra and Kutch on Wednesday.Sunday’s rainfall resulted in a dip in temperature to below 40 degrees Celsius across the state, barring Kandla port. Kandla airport recorded 38.8 degrees Celsius, Bhuj and Surendranagar 37.8, Deesa 36.6, Gandhinagar 36.5, Rajkot 36.3, Keshod and Naliya 36, Bhavnagar 35.4, Ahmedabad 34.7, Vadodara 34.6, Porbandar 34.4, Valsad 34 and Surat 33 degrees Celsius. (With PTI)

  • Monsoon Arrives In Gujarat, Heavy Rains At Several Places
  • Ndtv

    Rainfall and thunderstorm are expected in parts of Gujarat during the next five days..Ahmedabad: The southwest monsoon arrived in Gujarat on Monday, two days ahead of schedule, bringing heavy showers to Mahisagar district and some other parts of the state, an official from the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.The conditions were favourable for further advancement of the monsoon in some parts of Gujarat, the IMD centre at Ahmedabad said in a bulletin on Monday afternoon.Rainfall and thunderstorm are expected in parts of the state during the next five days, the official said."The southwest monsoon entered Gujarat on Monday. Generally, the expected date of the arrival of monsoon in the state is June 15," Manorama Mohanty, head of the meteorological centre here told PTI.The northern limit of monsoon passed through Diu and Surat, she said.Light to moderate rain and thundershowers are expected at a few places in all districts of the Gujarat region, Saurashtra-Kutch and the Union Territory of Diu, Daman & Dadra Nagar Haveli during the next five days, according to the IMD.Parts of Gujarat received showers in the 24-hour period ending at 8.30 am Monday. Mahisagar in north Gujarat receiving heavy rainfall during the period, the IMD said.As many as 91 talukas received showers, with the maximum 76 mm rainfall recorded in Mahisagar district during this period, as per the data shared by the State Emergency Operation Centre.On Monday, parts of Surat, Kheda, Aravalli, Ahmedabad and Anand district also witnessed showers, the SEOC said.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comIn Morbi district, three members of a family were killed after a wall of their house collapsed, police said. (Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

  • Monsoon arrives in Gujarat; heavy rains in Mahisagar and other areas
  • Times of India

    AHMEDABAD: The southwest monsoon arrived in Gujarat on Monday, two days ahead of schedule, bringing heavy showers to Mahisagar district and some other parts of the state, an official from the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said. The conditions were favourable for further advancement of the monsoon in some parts of Gujarat, the IMD centre at Ahmedabad said in a bulletin on Monday afternoon. Rainfall and thunderstorm are expected in parts of the state during the next five days, the official said. "The southwest monsoon entered Gujarat on Monday. Generally, the expected date of the arrival of monsoon in the state is June 15," Manorama Mohanty, head of the meteorological centre here told PTI. The northern limit of monsoon passed through Diu and Surat, she said. Light to moderate rain and thundershowers are expected at a few places in all districts of the Gujarat region, Saurashtra-Kutch and the Union Territory of Diu, Daman & Dadra Nagar Haveli during the next five days, according to the IMD. Parts of Gujarat received showers in the 24-hour period ending at 8.30 am Monday. Mahisagar in north Gujarat receiving heavy rainfall during the period, the IMD said. As many as 91 talukas received showers, with the maximum 76 mm rainfall recorded in Mahisagar district during this period, as per the data shared by the State Emergency Operation Centre. On Monday, parts of Surat, Kheda, Aravalli, Ahmedabad and Anand district also witnessed showers, the SEOC said. In Morbi district, three members of a family were killed after a wall of their house collapsed, police said.

  • IMD declares arrival of monsoon in Mumbai
  • The Indian Express

    KEEPING ITS official onset date, the Southwest Monsoon covered Mumbai, including the Konkan region and some parts of Madhya Maharashtra on Saturday.The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Saturday declared the arrival of southwest monsoons over Mumbai. The onset was declared on Saturday after a night of significant thunder and lightning activity on Friday. Mumbai received the heaviest pre-monsoon showers of the season on Friday with the southern part of the city receiving moderate to heavy rainfall. The IMD observatory at Santacruz observatory recorded 41.3 mm of rain, which is categorised as ‘Rather Heavy’ rainfall, in the 24 hours ending at 8.30 am on Saturday. While IMD’s Colaba observatory recorded 61.8 mm of rain. After remaining dry since the beginning of the month, the city started receiving pre-monsoon showers on Thursday evening. Localised waterlogging was also recorded on Friday. The pre-monsoon showers also brought down the minimum temperature. The night temperature recorded on Saturday was two degrees below normal at 25.2 degrees Celsius. Weather officials said that monsoons had advanced over most parts of Konkan, including Mumbai and some parts of Madhya Maharashtra. “Conditions are favourable for further advance of monsoon into some parts of north Arabian Sea, remaining parts of Konkan, some parts of Gujarat state, most parts of Madhya Maharashtra, entire Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, some parts of Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, West-central and the northwest Bay of Bengal during the next 48 hours,” said IMD. For the next 24 hours, the IMD has forecast a generally cloudy sky with light to moderate spells of rain/thundershower. There is a possibility of occasional intense spells. Last year, the onset of the monsoon over Mumbai was on June 9. In 2019, Mumbai witnessed its most delayed onset in the last 45 years after the southwest monsoon was declared over the city on June 25. In 2020, it was June 14, in 2018, it was June 9 and June 12 in 2017. Independent meteorologists, however, said that weather conditions are not conducive enough to declare monsoon onset. Taking to Twitter, Akshay Deoras, meteorologist and PhD researcher at the Department of Meteorology, the University of Reading, UK, said, “Has the #monsoon reached Mumbai-MMR? The monsoon’s arrival in Mumbai-MMR has been declared today. However, official data shows that monsoon winds are yet to reach…”

Mumbai: IMD forecasts season’s first heavy rainfall Sunday, issues yellow alert
The Indian Express | 2 weeks ago
The Indian Express
2 weeks ago

The first heavy rainfall of the season in Mumbai is likely on Sunday. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a yellow alert warning of heavy rain at isolated places in Mumbai, Thane and Palghar on Sunday and Monday.On Thursday, the Southwest monsoon covered almost the entire state. “Given active monsoon conditions, rainfall activity over Konkan and the adjoining ghat areas of Madhya Maharashtra is expected to gradually increase from 18th June, 2022. Widespread rainfall activity with heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places is expected over the region during the period,” the IMD forecast stated.According to the seven-day forecast, intermittent light to moderate rain will continue in the city till Sunday. A wet spell began on Wednesday night in Mumbai with a few short but intense spells of rainfall. Several parts of the city experienced rain activity on Wednesday night and Thursday morning, with low-lying areas of Kurla and Sion witnessing localised flooding.In the last 24 hours ending at 8:30 am on Thursday, 12 mm rainfall was recorded at the IMDs Santacruz observatory, which represents the entire city. High relative humidity at 92 per cent was recorded on Thursday morning, the agency said, adding that the city also saw above-normal maximum and minimum temperatures at 331.1°C and 26.5 °C respectively. Since June 1, the city has logged 94.3 mm of rainfall, which is 114.1 mm below normal.On Thursday, the Southwest Monsoon advanced further into some more parts of the north Arabian Sea, Gujarat, entire Madhya Maharashtra and Marathwada, some parts of south Madhya Pradesh, most parts of Vidarbha, entire Telangana, some parts of south Chhattisgarh and south Odisha, most parts of Coastal Andhra Pradesh, some more parts of West-central and the northwest Bay of Bengal.With the increase in the rainfall activity along the west coast, the IMD has also issued a warning to fishermen. “Squally weather with wind speed reaching 40-50 kmph (and) gusting to 60 kmph is likely to prevail along and off North Maharashtra coast on June 20. Fishermen are advised not to venture along and off (the) North Maharashtra coast during the above-mentioned period,” the IMD stated.

Mumbai: IMD forecasts season’s first heavy rainfall Sunday, issues yellow alert
Monsoon sets in Guj 2 days early; 7 dead
Times of India | 3 weeks ago
Times of India
3 weeks ago

Rajkot/Ahmedabad: At least seven people died in rain-related incidents across the state on Monday even as the weather department officially announced the arrival of monsoon in Gujarat, two days ahead of the schedule.While four people were struck by lightning, three of a family died after their house collapsed in Morbi district.“The southwest monsoon entered Gujarat on Monday. Generally, the expected date of the arrival of monsoon in the state is June 15,” Manorama Mohanty, head of the India Meteorological Department (IMD) centre here, said. As many as 91 talukas of the state received rainfall. tnn p 3

Monsoon sets in Guj 2 days early; 7 dead
  • Wet spell in most parts of state, monsoon to advance
  • Times of India

    Rajkot/Palanpur: Wet weather prevailed over several regions of the state on Sunday with places in south Gujarat receiving up to 55 mm rainfall. While there was no heavy rain anywhere, many parts of Saurashtra, central, north and south Gujarat saw drizzles and occasional sharp showers.“Conditions would continue to become favorable for further advance of monsoon into some more parts of north Arabian Sea and Gujarat,” the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said in its bulletin.IMD said heavy rains are very likely at isolated places in the districts of South Gujarat region namely Dang, Tapi, Narmada, Navsari and Valsad and in the districts of Saurashtra namely Morbi, Jamnagar and Rajkot over the next five days. North Gujarat districts of Banaskantha, Patan, Sabarkantha, Aravalli and Mehana also got some respite from the long dry spell with showers reported in several talukas.Rainfall was reported in Unjha, Mehsana, Patan, Kadi, Shankheshwar, Vadali, Vijapur and Talod. Several trees got uprooted in Bhiloda taluka due to strong winds.Kalavad in Jamnagar district received around 25mm rainfall in just two hours while Rajkot city also witnessed light rain.

Two days of zero rainfall activity drives mercury up in city
The Indian Express | 3 weeks ago
The Indian Express
3 weeks ago

After heavy rainfall on Friday and Saturday, no rainfall has been recorded in the city since Sunday. The onset of the Southwest monsoon over Mumbai was declared on June 11. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has not issued any warning for the city for this week and has forecast only cloudy skies with light to moderate rainfall. According to the seven-day forecast by IMD, rainfall activity is likely to pick up over the weekend.In the 24 hours ending 8.30 am on Monday, the IMD Colaba observatory recorded 2.3 mm of rain while the Santacruz observatory recorded no rain. The total rainfall recorded this season by the IMD Colaba and Santacruz observatory has been 102.5mm and 79.8 respectively.With not much rain activity, the day and night temperatures rose in the city after a brief drop. On Monday, the minimum temperatures recorded by the IMD Colaba and Santacruz observatory were 24.2 degrees and 26.6 degrees. The day temperatures or the maximum temperature rose from 31 degrees to 35 degrees.Meanwhile, the Southwest Monsoon has covered the entire Konkan region on Monday. “The monsoon advanced to some more parts of the Arabian Sea, some parts of Gujarat state, the entire Konkan, most parts of Madhya Maharashtra, most parts of Marathwada and Karnataka, Some parts of Telangana and Rayalaseema, some more parts of Tamil Nadu, most parts of Sub-Himalayan West Bengal, some parts of Bihar,” stated IMD.

Two days of zero rainfall activity drives mercury up in city
Gujarat: 6 dead in three separate rain-related incidents in Saurashtra
Times of India | 3 weeks ago
Times of India
3 weeks ago

RAJKOT: In a pre-monsoon activity in Saurashtra region of Gujarat, six people lost their lives in rain-related incidents in Morbi, Surendrangar and Kutch districts since Sunday night. The rain continued on Monday also in the parts of Saurashtra and Rajkot city. According to the police three people were struck by lightning in Bharada village of Dhrangadhra taluka of Surendrangar district on Monday when they were grazing the cattle, one person died while two injured are being treated at a government hospital. The deceased is identified as Bikha Bharwad (30). Two more people died of lightning during rain in Khari Sim area of Bhachau taluka of Kutch district on Monday noon. The deceased are identified as Babu Halepotra (28) and Saraddin Halepotra (27). They both were residents of Khavda in Bhuj taluka and they were grazing cattle. Three people died when a wall collapsed in Sundribhavani village of Halvad taluka in Morbi district on Sunday evening. Three family members went to the farm when there was heavy rain accompanied with wind and thunderstorm. These three people, including a couple, took shelter near a Kaccha room built in a farm for the rest. The wall of this room collapsed and all the three crushed under the wall. The deceased are identified as Vaghji Degama (30) his wife Rajuben Degama (26) and Vagji’s younger brother Sheela Degama. (28). However they could not be rescued because in the rain nobody was knowing about this incident. When they did not return home the villagers came in search at the farm and found their dead bodies under the debris.

Gujarat: 6 dead in three separate rain-related incidents in Saurashtra
Saurashtra: Three killed in lightning strikes in two days
The Indian Express | 3 weeks ago
The Indian Express
3 weeks ago

A 17-year-old boy was among three persons who were killed after being struck by lightning in Saurashtra as sporadic thundershowers continued for the second day in the region.The boy, Amul Makwana, was killed in Khari village of Sihor taluka of Bhavnagar on Wednesday. “He was working on an agricultural farm when he was hit by a lightning bolt at around 5.30 pm,” said an officer of Bhavnagar district flood control room.Two men were killed in separate incidents in  Chuda and Limbdi talukas of Surendranagar late Tuesday.Disrict flood control room said that Jusab Alarakha Jivani, a resident of Jambu village in Limbdi taluka, was was riding his motorbike when a lightning bolt struck him around 7.30 pm Tuesday.In Rangadh village of Limbdi taluka, Melabhai Devthala, a resident of Nani Kathechi village, was hit by a lightning bolt around 8.30 pm Tuesday.Control room officers said that Chuda taluka experienced 18 millimetres (mm) rain while Limbdi recorded 12 mm rain on Tuesday.Thundershowers were reported from Amreli and Bhavnagar districts for the second consecutive day, while  thunderstorm hit parts of Vinchhiya taluka of Rajkot district Wednesday. Savarkundla taluka of Amreli reported 12 mm rain, while Jesar taluka of neighbouring Bhavnagar district also experienced showers.In Vinchhiya, gusty winds accompanying rain uprooted trees and damaged tile-roofs of houses.

Saurashtra: Three killed in lightning strikes in two days
Parts of Amreli and Bhavnagar receive pre-monsoon showers
The Indian Express | 4 weeks ago
The Indian Express
4 weeks ago

Parts of Amreli and Bhavnagar districts experienced mild showers even as the state awaits the southwest monsoon after a scorching May. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a forecast of light to moderate rainfall across the state this week.According to the district flood control room, thunderstorms accompanied by gusty winds were reported from Lathi, Amreli Savarkundla and Rajula talukas of Amreli as well as parts of the adjoining Gariyadhar taluka of Bhavnagar district. The control room added that 46 millimetres or around two inches of rainfall was reported from Lathi taluka in eastern part of Amreli district.Rain was reported from Vanda and nearby villages in Savarkundla taluka as well as in Mota Agariya village in coastal Rajula taluka.“However, there are no reports of any rain-related accident,” an officer of the control room said.Jesar and Vallabhipur talukas of Bhavnagar district also received light showers Tuesday evening.Meanwhile, the IMD has predicted light to moderate rain or thundershowers in Saurashtra’s Surendranagar, Rajkot, Botad, Amreli and Bhavnagar districts and north Gujarat region’s Banaskantha and Ahmedabad districts on Wednesday.The rest of the state will continue to experience dry and hot weather, the IMD forecast issued Tuesday said. Generally, the south-west monsoon hits Gujarat coast around mid-June and covers the entire state by the end of June.“As pre-monsoon activity for next 4-5 days, districts of Saurashtra including Amreli, Bhavnagar, Rajkot, Surendranagar and southern districts too will receive light rainfall,” said IMD regional director Manorama Mohanty. The normal date of onset of southwest monsoon in Gujarat is June 15. However, the state reported arrival of southwest monsoon in its southern parts of Valsad on June 9 last year, nearly five days earlier.This year, so far, there is no forecast of monsoon onset for at least 3-4 days, said Mohanty.As per the IMD forecast till June 12, “Light thunderstorm with lightning and surface wind 30- 40 kmph (in gust) accompanied with light to moderate rain very likely at isolated places in the districts of North Gujarat region namely Banaskantha and Ahmedabad; in the district of Saurashtra namely Surendranagar, Rajkot, Botad, Amreli and Bhavnagar. Light to moderate rain very likely in the districts of South Gujarat region namely Valsad and Navsari.”This is expected to result in a dip in temperatures. On Tuesday, Ahmedabad recorded the highest maximum temperature of 42 degrees Celsius. Other centres with high temperatures were Gandhinagar at 41.6, Surendranagar 40.7, Deesa 40.6, Vadodara 40.2 and Amreli at 40 degrees Clesius. 

Parts of Amreli and Bhavnagar receive pre-monsoon showers
Ahmedabad records 42.5 degree Celsius, hottest in Gujarat
Times of India | 1 month ago
Times of India
1 month ago

AHMEDABAD: The city remained the hottest in the state at 42.5C on Sunday. It was 1.8C higher than the normal temperature. At 27, the minimum temperature was 1 lower than the normal. According to India Meteorological Department (IMD) forecast, on Monday the maximum temperature is likely to be around 42C. "No large change in maximum temperatures during next 48 hours, thereafter fall by 2-3C during subsequent 3 days very likely," mentioned the forecast. The forecast added that on June 9, some parts of the state including Valsad and Navsari are likely to receive light to moderate rain or thundershowers. Apart from Ahmedabad, the other cities that recorded 42C or more maximum temperatures included Surendranagar (42.4C), Vallabh Vidyanagar (42.1C), Gandhinagar and Amreli (42C).

Ahmedabad records 42.5 degree Celsius, hottest in Gujarat
  • City second hottest in Gujarat at 42.3°C
  • Times of India

    Ahmedabad: The south-westerly winds brought in a bit of respite as after three days, the city recorded temperature below 43°C. On Friday, the maximum temperature was 42.3°C, which was 1.3 degrees higher than normal. At 27.5°C, the minimum temperature was 0.2 degrees lower than the normal.On Saturday, the maximum temperature is likely to be around 42°C, mentioned the India Meteorological Department (IMD) forecast. “No large change in maximum temperatures during next 4-5 days very likely,” mentioned the forecast.The city was the second hottest in Gujarat after Kandla, that recorded maximum temperature of 43.2°C. The other weather stations with over 41 degrees included Vallabh Vidyanagar (42.1°C), Gandhinagar (42°C), Amreli (41.8°C), and Deesa (41.4°C).

It looks a lot like winter as coastal Surat chills at 16C
Times of India | 7 months ago
Times of India
7 months ago

Surat: With the weather remaining mostly cloudy with overcast skies throughout the day, minimum temperature in Diamond City further dropped to 16 C on Thursday, a good seven degrees down from 23 C on Tuesday. Even the maximum temperature plummeted almost 15-odd degrees to 18 C from Wednesday’s 33 C. Urban and rural areas in south Gujarat continued to receive light to moderate rain even on Thursday. Total 47mm rain was recorded in Surat district and city, while in the tribal district 15mm rain was recorded in the past 24 hours. Two mm rain was recorded in Valsad. Due to the incessant light rain since the morning, commuters in many areas got stuck in heavy traffic jams at multiple locations. Due to the chaotic traffic situation, roads where traffic movement is light on normal days saw heavy vehicle movement. Rainy weather also impacted the Ponk fair on the banks of river Tapi forcing the Ponk-roasting traders to close chulhas and take shelter from the chill as well cover their stock with plastic sheets to prevent damage. “If ponk gets drenched in rain, it will lose taste and colour. Since there was no heavy rain, our stock will maintain its distinct flavour,” said an optimistic ponk seller. Jayesh Patel, president, Khedut Samaj, Gujarat told TOI, “The unseasonal rain may not impact agriculture in south Gujarat heavily, but there will be some impact on mango farming as it requires dry weather before the flowering season starts.”

It looks a lot like winter as coastal Surat chills at 16C
With 75.4 mm of rain in 24 hours, Pune sets wettest Dec day record
The Indian Express | 7 months ago
The Indian Express
7 months ago

Pune experienced its wettest-ever December day on Thursday, with Shivajinagar recording 75.4 mm of rain in 24 hours. The previous all-time high record was on December 13, 2014, when the rainfall was 53.1 mm in 24 hours.Rainfall across Pune district ranged between 50 and 103 mm. At 103 mm, Chinchwad recorded the highest amount of rain in 24 hours, followed by Pashan – 83.4 mm, Lohegaon – 86.2 mm, Lavale – 75 mm and Magarpatta – 65 mm in the same period.Over the last two days, parts of Konkan and Madhya Maharashtra, including Pune, have remained under the influence of a cyclonic circulation.By Thursday evening, the trough ran between the cyclonic circulation located at southeast Arabian Sea and off the Maharashtra-Gujarat coast. As the system moved away from Maharashtra, rainfall activity over the state reduced significantly.“This system will control the weather over Maharashtra, with Konkan and Madhya Maharashtra recording light rain on Thursday. Cloudy sky conditions will prevail over the state but December 4 onwards, rainfall activity will decrease further,” said Anupam Kashyapi, head of the weather forecasting division, IMD Pune.While cold day conditions prevailed over Pune city, these will not last beyond Friday, IMD officials said. The city’s maximum temperature recorded on the day was 20.6 degrees Celsius, which was nearly 7 to 8 degrees below normal.

With 75.4 mm of rain in 24 hours, Pune sets wettest Dec day record
Tomato at Rs 130/kg, other veggies too sell at high prices; traders say no relief till mid-Dec
The Indian Express | 7 months ago
The Indian Express
7 months ago

With just months left for Assembly elections in five states, food inflation is certainly going to be a worrying issue for the ruling party. After edible oil price rise, vegetable prices across the country are spiking, with wholesale tomato prices crossing Rs 130/kg.Farmers and trades have blamed the heavy spell of rain received in September, and the subsequent crop loss, for the unusually high prices, which they say is expected to continue till the middle of December, when the next picking of the crop would be ready for harvesting.Extreme rain in September has been blamed for major crop damage reported from Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Telangana and other parts of the country.Shriram Ghadave, president of the Vegetable Growers Association of India, said, “These are crops which farmers take for a short span, say three to four months. September rain had damaged the nursery plantation of tomato, which was to start yield in November. Due to the heavy rain, the nursery plantations in Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana have been damaged and the lower arrivals in wholesale markets are pushing up retail prices.”At Madanapalle’s wholesale tomato market in Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh, wholesale tomato prices touched an all-time high of Rs 130/kg earlier this week. Market officials pointed out that it was way back, in November 2016, when the vegetable price had come close to Rs 100/kg.“On Tuesday, only 90 tonnes of tomatoes arrived in the market. Usually, the market reports arrival of nearly 400-500 tonnes of the vegetable but these days, normal arrival is around 300-350 tonnes,” they said.One of the largest tomato markets in the country, Madanapalle receives produce from the region as well as Karnataka. Retail prices, as reported by the National Horticulture Board (NHB), shows that most cities are selling the vegetable for Rs 70-80/kg.The NHB data also talks about consistent month-on-month rise in prices of peas, brinjal, bitter gourd, okra, cabbage and cauliflower, selling at retail prices in the range of Rs 50-60/kg. Onion prices are also hovering around Rs 50-60/kg in retail markets.In Nashik, September rains had hit production of kharif onion, which were to arrive in markets in November. Cooling of onion prices is expected only after January, when the late kharif onion will reach the markets.Spiraling vegetable prices have led to a slight increase in October’s Consumer Food Price Index (CFPI) numbers, with the national CFPI showing a 2.58 per cent increase from last month.However, Gadhave and other farmers ruled out any immediate price correction as the next picking of most vegetable crops is expected only in mid-December. “Prices will remain high till then,” he said.

Tomato at Rs 130/kg, other veggies too sell at high prices; traders say no relief till mid-Dec