25 Jun 2023

MP Rain: Monsoon covers entire state; IMD issues heavy rainfall warning


Bhopal: The southwest monsoon covered Madhya Pradesh on Sunday, a day after it entered the state from the eastern side. The India Meteorological Department has issued an orange alert warning of heavy rains in the next 24 hours.

The IMD issued orange alert of heavy (64.5 mm to 115.5 mm) to very heavy (115.6 mm to 204.4 mm) rainfall with extremely heavy rain (above 204. 5 mm) for isolated places in east MP. Heavy to very heavy rainfall may also occur at isolated places in western parts.

"The monsoon entered the MP from its eastern part, bordering Chhattisgarh, on Saturday evening. The fast-moving rain-bearing system covered the entire MP, including its western part, including state capital Bhopal by Sunday afternoon," IMD Bhopal centre director R Balasubramanian said. Several parts of Madhya Pradesh experienced showers in the last 24 hours.

Rains were recorded in 16 districts of MP, including Bhopal, Indore and Gwalior, in the 24-hour period ending at 8.30 am Sunday, as per the IMD. In Bhopal, rainfall started towards Sunday evening as dark clouds covered skies late in the afternoon. Intermittent light to moderate showers continued to lash city till late Sunday night.

Sidhi Records Highest Rainfall

The highest rainfall was recorded in Sidhi at 44.2 mm, followed by Satna-42.3, and Rewa-31.6 mm during the period, weatherman said.

Last year, the monsoon arrived in MP on June 16, a day before its normal schedule. By June 21, it had covered 80 per cent of the state, as per official data.

This year, the southwest monsoon hit Kerala on June 8, seven days behind its normal schedule.


Intermittent showers bring respite


The rain-bearing system is expected to cover the entire Madhya Pradesh by June 28 or 29, he said.

Intermittent showers in parts of the state have brought some respite to residents from the sweltering heat.

The monsoon set in over the eastern parts of MP, bordering Chhattisgarh, on Saturday. It is likely to move to capital Bhopal on Monday or Tuesday and cover the entire state by June 28-29, IMD Bhopal centre director R Balasubramanian said.

In Bhopal the weather was sultry during the day time but by late afternoon clouds covered city skies.

Madhya Pradesh is very likely to see a wet week ahead. The maximum temperature in the state hovered between 30 and 40 degrees Celsius, while the minimum temperature was between 21 and 27 degrees Celsius following the intermittent showers, according to IMD data.

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