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‘Winter’ is coming: Mumbai records coldest day of season at 15.8 degrees celsius

Mumbai recorded the coldest day this season, with minimum temperatures dropping to 15.8 degrees CelsiusThe 24- hour temperature recorded between 8.30 am on Wednesday to 8.30 am Thursday saw the minimum temperature dropping to 15.8 degree Celsius at Santacruz, while the minimum temperatures recorded at Colaba was 18.8 degree Celsius.“Mumbai does not experience a winter as compared to the northern states but at times due to northerly winds during the night and the effect of snow fall in Jammu and Kashmir it has phases where the minimum temperature sees a drop for few days,” said an official from the Regional Meteorological Centre, Mumbai adding that due to the temperatures seen dropping on Thursday the city was experiencing cooler breeze even till noon.Karan Rane a Borivali resident said that it was quite chilly in the wee hours of Thursday. “I was returning home around 2am from work and I was almost shivering in the auto rickshaw.”Meanwhile several morning walkers too claimed that they suddenly felt the nip in the air on Thursday morning as the temperature drop was quite evident.In fact in December 2016, the coldest day was recorded on December 11 when the minimum temperatures dropped to 15.0 degree Celsius while the coldest day of December 2015 was on December 24 when the minimum temperature recorded was 11.4 degree Celsius. However the all time record for coldest day in December was on December 20, 1949 when the minimum temperature recorded was 10.6 degree Celsius.According to IMD officials till date Mumbai’s three of the coldest days have been in January 1962, when the minimum was recorded as 7.4 Celsius, In February 2008 when the minimum mercury reached 8.5 degree Celsius and in February 2012 when the minimum temperature recorded was 8.8 Celsius.

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Earthquake of magnitude 4.5 hits Jammu and Kashmir, no loss of life reported

A medium intensity earthquake of magnitude 4.5 hit Jammu and Kashmir on Monday, THE India Meteorological Department reported in a statement.<!– /11440465/DNA_Mobile_Article_300x250_BTF_1 –>There was no immediate report of any injury or destruction in any part of the state, which was jolted at 4:48 am.Earlier on Saturday, an earthquake of magnitude 4.7 hit Jammu and Kashmir.Further details are awaited.

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Cyclone Ockhi: Schools in Mumbai, other parts of Maharashtra to remain open on Wednesday

Schools and colleges in Mumbai and adjoining districts will remain open on Wednesday, a day after they were closed as a precautionary measure in view of Cyclone Ockhi. Maharashtra Education Minister Vinod Tawde confirmed to DNA that educational institutes in the city and other parts of the state will stay open tomorrow. The Maharashtra government had declared a holiday for schools and colleges in Mumbai, Sindhudurg, Thane, Raigad and Palghar districts on Tuesday due to “serious weather predictions” in view of Cyclone Ockhi. The decisoon was taken after an alert by the IMD Mumbai observatory.However, Mumbai University and affiliated colleges remained open and all exam schedules went on as announced earlier. The weather department has forecast intermittent rains in Mumbai and suburbs in the next 24 hours.”Intermittent rain/thundershowers very likely to occur in Mumbai and suburbs in next 24 hours,” said a report of the India Meteorological Department (IMD) Mumbai at 8 am. “Heavy rainfall is likely at a few places with squally wind speed reaching 50 to 60 kms per hour gusting to 70 kms per hour very likely along coastal area in next 24 hours,” it further said. A few spells of rain or thundershowers are likely to occur in the city and suburbs in next 48 hours, the IMD said.
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Cyclone Ockhi: 531 fishermen says Kerala CM; cyclone to move towards Mumbai in 48 hours

The Indian Navy and the Coast Guard continued search for missing fishermen using ships, dornier aircraft and helicopters in the “rough sea” off Kerala and Lakshadweep in the wake of Cyclone Ockhi. While INS Nireekshak, INS Jamuna and INS Sagardhwani are continuing search and rescue operations in their designated areas along the coast off Vizhinjam in Thiruvananthapuram and Kollam, two ships INS Shardul and INS Sharda are heading towards Lakshadweep, a defence spokesman said.Ockhi is expected to travel north towards Mumbai and Gujarat in the next 48 hours, according to Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) Director S. Sudevan in Trivandrum, though it is likely to lose intensity.Also readPM Modi dials CM Palaniswami as Cyclone Ockhi batters Tamil Nadu, assures assistance”The intensity of the wind may come down and the cyclone could change into depression,” Sudevan said adding fishermen have been warned not go to the sea for the next few days as waves are likely to be 3-5 metres (12-15 feet) high. As many as 531 fishermen, stranded in the choppy waters off the Kerala and the Lakshadweep coasts due to Cyclone Ockhi, have been rescued, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said today.Also readCyclone Ockhi: 165 families shifted from Kerala; TN writes to centre for fundsSo far 393 people from Kerala have been rescued, Vijayan said, as the state government announced a compensation of Rs 10 lakh to the family of those who died in the storm.Of the rescued, 132 fishermen were from the state capital Thiruvananthapuram, 66 from Kozhikode, 55 from Kollam, 40 from Thrissur, and 100 from Kanyakumari, Vijayan told reporters.Besides, 138 fishermen have been rescued from the Lakshadweep islands, he said. Vijayan said the Rs 10-lakh compensation would be in addition to the financial assistance of Rs four lakh being given by the fisheries department.Assistance will also be provided to those who had lost their boat and equipment, he added.In Lakshadweep, 31 relief camps have been opened in the 10 inhabited islands. So far, 1,047 people have been evacuated to the relief camps, official sources said.The naval ships, which left from the Southern Naval Command here yesterday, are likely to reach Lakshadweep this evening. The spokesman said about eight boats from Kerala with 36 people on board are reported to be adrift at sea off Kalpeni island. “The sea is very rough.. Naval ships moved as soon as we received intimation,” he said.Fifteen fishermen rescued by the Coast Guard are being brought to the Thiruvananthapuram coast, the official said.Four fishermen were rescued by a Navy chopper this morning, 20 miles off Kochi. They were taken to a naval clinic here for medical examination.INS Nireekshak rescued two fishermen off Alappuzha coast.INS Sagardhwani fished out one cadaver, 30 km off Thiruvananthapuram coast.The ship had earlier found another cadaver.The body has been handed over to the civil administration, he said. Indian Coast Guard ship Samar rescued a fishing boat with five crew members on board, the spokesman said.He said one of the crew in an advanced light helicopter (ALH) was wounded while assisting fishermen trapped in the sea off Kerala coast.The crew member, V K Verma, suffered hand injury caused by the winch wire.He, however, continued “heroically” to help the fishermen to be rescued, before himself being winched up, the spokesman said. Verma has been admitted to a hospital in Thiruvananthapuram.The ‘very severe’ cyclonic storm Ockhi — which in Bengali means ‘eye’ — is likely to continue to move west- northwestwards across Lakshadweep islands during the next 24 hours and then recurve northeastwards during the subsequent 48 hours, a Met department bulletin said.
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Cyclone Ockhi claims 4 lives in Tamil Nadu

Four persons were killed when heavy spells of rain accompanied by squally winds lashed Kanyakumari district in Southern Tamil Nadu under the influence of cyclonic storm Ockhi on Thursday.A deep depression in the Bay of Bengal intensified into cyclone Ockhi in the Comorin area, about 70 km south of Kanyakumari on Thursday morning, said Director, Regional Meteorological Centre, S Balachandran told reporters.The storm is likely to intensify into a severe cyclonic storm and to move west-northwestwards towards Lakshadweep Island in the next 24 hours, he said, adding the cyclone is expected to have a wind speed of 65-75 km per hour and that the sea will be rough.With several trees uprooted by the squally winds, the normal life in Kanyakumari district came to a halt. The power supply has been disrupted in most parts of the district with snapping of the electricity cables by the uprooted trees. A couple of trains, originating and passing through this district suffered partial to full cancellation, even as some of them were rescheduled, Southern Railway officials said. Local administration employed personnel to remove uprooted trees even as the movement of vehicular traffic was affected.Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami assured all assistance to the cyclone-affected people at the earliest. “The state government is taking all the measures to ensure relief reaches the affected people as soon as possible. People need not worry as the ministers and seniors officials are deputed to oversee the relief works,” he said in a statement. He also noted that to carry out the relief works on the war footing, two teams of National Disaster Response Force comprising 60 members each and a team of State Disaster Response Force comprising 70 members have been rushed to the district.Superintendent of police of Kanyakumari district M Durai said all the four persons including a woman was killed by uprooted trees in different parts of the district.People living in low-lying areas have been shifted to temporary shelters. The Collector has asked residents to stay indoors and also requested fishermen not to venture into the sea.Sajjan Singh R Chavan, Kanyakumari Collector, said that people from low-lying areas have been shifted to shelters. He also dismissed rumours on tsunami. “Because of the cyclone, the wave height has been higher. We have already clarified that there is no chance of tsunami as some rumours doing the rounds suggested. We have already told fishermen not to venture into the sea. We have evacuated people from low-lying areas into shelters and also asked people not to leave their homes,” he said.Tsunami rumoursAfter rumours of cyclone triggering tsunami started doing the round, Kanyakumari Collector SSR Chavan clarified that though the wave length is higher, there is no chance of any tsunami.
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Rain helps but air quality remains ‘poor’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The air quality in the Capital improved on Saturday, after overnight rain in some parts of Delhi, moving it from ‘very poor’ to ‘poor’ category as the concentation of Particulate matter (PM) decreased.An official of the India Meteorological Department said the city recorded one mm rainfall in the 24 hours till 8:30 am on Saturday.The Central Pollution Control Board on Saturday recorded the pollutant particulate matter or PM2.5 at 288 at 10 am on Saturday, as compared to 299 at 7 pm on Friday.According to the experts, the situation will improve in the coming days.SAFAR records 24-hour rolling averages of PM10 and PM 2.5, and uses this data to estimate the air quality index (AQI). PM 10 and PM 2.5 are ultra-fine particles, which are the dominant pollutants in Delhi. The acceptable levels of PM10 and PM 2.5 are 100µg/m3 and 60µg/m3 respectively.The larger particulate matter, measured by PM10, docked at 199 µg/m3 on Saturday morning while PM2.5, which measures very poor and more dangerous particulate matter, hovered around 130 µg/m3.The Safdarjung observatory recorded 1 mm rainfall.

Supreme Court-appointed ECPA lifts ban on trucks, parking charges

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As the air quality improved in Delhi, the Supreme Court appointed Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority (EPCA) on Thursday directed the Delhi government to lift the ban on the entry of trucks, construction works and to withdraw four-time hike in parking fees.In a letter, EPCA chairperson Dr Bhure Lal directed Chief Secretary MM Kutty to roll back the measures with immediate effect, as the prevailing air quality does not warrant such tough action.”Today an improvement was seen in the air quality and the region is now in the ‘Very Poor’ category in terms of the Air Quality Index (AQI). Given this improvement, EPCA is now directing that the two conditions imposed can be lifted with immediate effect,” the letter read.Adhering to the directions, Lieutenant Governor of Delhi Anil Baijal approved the lifting the ban on entry of heavy and medium goods vehicles entering Delhi on Thursday. The L-G has also reversed the decision to enhance the parking charges to four times, which means the rates have been scheduled to normal.”The decision on the construction work is pursuant to the orders of the National Green Tribunal,” said an official from the L-G House. The East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) too released a statement informing about the parking charges.”Normal parking charges will now be applicable,” the civic body said in its order.The letter, which was also marked to chief secretaries of Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Haryana, added that the situation was being monitored and the India Meteorological Department and the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology have informed that pollution may rise again because of increased moisture in the air in the coming days.”However, if the conditions continue to improve and air quality stabilises, we will review the measures under the ‘severe’ category and inform you accordingly,” the letter read.Meanwhile, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his Haryana counterpart, Manohar Lal Khattar, on Wednesday, promised to jointly address the toxic smog situation that has beset northern India.Earlier, Kejriwal had also sought a meeting with Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh but the latter refused saying the Supreme Court was already hearing petitions regarding air pollution.In the Capital, the content of particulate matter, PM 2.5, in the air has been quite high, often crossing 500, while the safety limit is 50. PM 2.5 is responsible for respiratory problems and reduced visibility.Cause and effectThe L-G has lifted the ban on entry of trucks and heavy vehiclesEnhanced parking charges have been reversed from 4X to normal rate. In the national capital, the content of particulate matter, PM 2.5, in the air has been quite high, often crossing 500, while the safety limit is 50. The PM 2.5 is responsible for respiratory problems and reduced visibility.Air quality index in Delhi-NCRDelhi 363 (very poor)Ghaziabad 419 (severe) Gurgaon 354 (very poor) Noida 366 (very poor) Faridabad 335 (very poor)Keep a close watchIn a letter, EPCA chairperson Dr Bhure Lal directed Chief Secretary MM Kutty to roll back the measures with immediate effect, as the prevailing air quality does not warrant such tough action.The letter, which was also marked to chief secretaries of Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Haryana, added that the situation was being monitored and the India Meteorological Department and the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology have informed that pollution may rise again because of increased moisture.

Now, a panel to improve city’s disaster mgmt

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Maharashtra government on Thursday formed a committee headed by the Additional Chief Secretary of the Home Department to suggest measures for effective handling of man-made and natural disasters in Greater Mumbai.The committee’s formation comes after the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) had faced a lot of flak for mismanaging the situation and not alerting the citizens a day before the city came to a standstill due to water logging on August 29 after a 300 mm rainfall in a day. At least 21 people had died with several buildings collapsing in and around the city.Further, BMC, in its internal report, had blamed the India Meteorological Department (IMD), traffic department, Railways and others. However, there was no mention of its own shortcomings in the same report.A government officer told DNA, “The 16-member committee comprises Mumbai Metropolitan Commissioner, BMC Commissioner, Mumbai Police Commissioner, the city and suburban district collectors and railway officials. The terms of reference of the committee is to study the steps taken following the recommendations of the Madhav Chitale committee report after the July 2005 flooding in which about 1,094 people had died. Besides, the committee will make suggestions for further improvement in disaster management by seeking proper coordination among different agencies.”The officer said that the committee can advise and guide the Maharashtra State Disaster Management Authority headed by the Chief Minister, the state working committee chaired by the chief secretary and the government on preventive and corrective measures for disaster management.Further, the committee will suggest steps to improve communication among the Central, Western and Harbour Railways with BMC’s disaster cell. Besides, the committee will also recommend how dissemination of information will be further strengthened to help people stranded on trains and at the railway stations.

Delhi air quality remains poor, smog-like conditions bring visibility down to 200 metres

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The pollution level in the national capital remained critical on Tuesday morning. Due to smog-like condition on Tuesday the visibility early in the morning remained low, causing problems in movement of traffic, reports ANI. According to reports, the visibility dropped to 200 metres at 8:30 am. The average air quality index (AQI) also hit 396 (very poor) at 8am, which further peaked by 9.30am to 403 indicating severe pollution level. AQI in East Delhi’s Dilshad Garden was 420, whereas it was 319 in Anand Vihar.The pollution was recorded highest in Punjabi Bagh with AQI 999 and 852 in R.K. Puram. The air quality in Dwarka and NCR also hovered between 400-420.AQI level from 0-50 is considered “good”, 51-100 is “satisfactory” 101-200 is “moderate”, 201-300 is “poor”, 301-400 is “very poor”, and 401 and above is “severe”. According to a report in the Hindustan Times, The India Meteorological Department maintains that Delhi is witnessing a spell of fog and not smog.A cover of thick fog engulfed Delhi’s Rashtrapati Bhavan in the morning when Belgium’s King Philippe was accorded ceremonial reception. ‘Smog’ is fog but pollution plays a major role, with the added ingredient of smoke and tiny airborne particulates. Because of high pollution level, Smog becomes a major health hazard, especially for children and old people. (With inputs from ANI)

Moderate earthquake shakes Kashmir Valley

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A moderate intensity earthquake measuring 5.7 on the Richter scale shook the Kashmir valley on Saturday night. No loss of life or property was reported anywhere in the valley.A spokesman of the Meteorological Department Kashmir said that the tremor hit the valley at 11.15 pm on Saturday and lasted only a few seconds. “The epicenter of the earthquake was in the Hindukush Region in Afghanistan,” he said.The coordinates of the earthquake was latitude 36.2 degrees north and longitude 70.5 degrees east. Jammu and Kashmir is prone to earthquakes as it falls in a vulnerable seismic zone of the country. In October 2005, more than 1,300 people died and tens of thousands of houses and other structures were damaged when a massive earthquake struck the border areas of Uri and Tangdhar sectors of north Kashmir.On October 27, 2015 a powerful earthquake measuring 7.5 on the Richter scale wreaked havoc leaving two elderly women dead. Two Army men suffered serious injuries when their bunker wall collapsed in the quake.PREVIOUS QUAKEOn October 27, 2015 a powerful earthquake in J&K measuring 7.5 left two elderly women dead, and two Army men serious injured when their bunker wall collapsed

Depression on Bay of Bengal mars Diwali and Kali Puja celebrations

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Heavy rainfalls since Thursday evening stole the sheen from Kali Puja and Diwali celebrations in Kolkata and other parts of South Bengal. A depression over the Bay of Bengal resulted in the incessant downpour, which drowned the spirit of revellers. Meteorological department officials said the depression is likely to proceed towards Bangladesh, but there are chances of an overcast sky and intermittent showers on Saturday, when bhai dooj is celebrated.Several parts of the city, especially north Kolkata, were submerged, with water level varying from knee-deep to waist-deep. Kolkata Police sources said that Amherst Street, MG Road, Vivekandnda Raoad, Bidhan Sarani, and Thanthania Kalibari areas of north Kolkata have been the worst hit. Although south Kolkata suffered less, the downpour resulted in crawling traffic.To add to their woes, people returning from work were left stranded as public vehicles were kept off the road. Taxis and app-based cabs were few and charged exorbitant fares. “I tried to hire a cab from Park Circus to Shyambazar and it reflected a fare of Rs 500, which usually comes to barely Rs 150,” said Puja Lakkar, a teacher.A control room had been opened at Nabanna to monitor the situation. Fishermen have been instructed not to venture into the sea. The sea was turbulent at Digha, Mandarmani, and Chandpur and tourists were asked to stay indoors.State irrigation minister Rajib Banerjee was monitoring the situation from his office at Jalsampad Bhavan. “The rains are a result of a depression. Initially, we thought it will pass from Orissa to Andhra Pradesh. Now, it seems it will travel via southeast Bengal before moving over to Bangladesh,” he said.

Withdrawal of monsoon begins

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>With the mercury hovering at around 38 degrees Celsius, there is no sign of rains in the city for now. However, according to the India Meteorological Department, there is a possibility of light rain in south Gujarat on October 7 and 8.”The monsoon is in withdrawal mode. There are some pockets of the state like central Gujarat, north Gujarat and Gujarat region and Kutch where the southwest monsoon has withdrawn,” said Jayanta Sarkar, Director of India Meteorological Department, Ahmedabad.”This year, the withdrawal has been delayed considerably. While cyclonic circulation had been developing over the Odisha coast that further moved towards Central India, and even up to Southeast Rajasthan and Gujarat. These systems have kept the monsoon active over the region,” said Mahesh Palawat, Chief meteorologist, Skymet Weather.

Monsoon withdrawal in city to begin by October second week

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Even as monsoons have begun withdrawing from the northwest part of India, officials from the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said that Mumbaikars too could be bidding adieu to monsoons by second week of October, but not before experiencing some more rains.”The withdrawal of monsoons from northwest areas like the Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan and Kutch was delayed and started only from September 27. We expect the same to happen with Maharashtra where the rains normally begin withdrawing by September 30,” said an IMD official.As per IMD, in 2015, the monsoon withdrew on October 15, and in 2016 it was on October 14 that IMD declared the end of monsoon. “It’s due to the cyclonic circulation that it has been delayed, this will result in a few good spells of rain in central India including central Maharashtra, south Konkan and Goa. However, there might thunderstorm today and tomorrow. Apart from receiving a few spells of rain there won’t be much rainfall in Mumbai, and there will be rise in the temperatures too,” said another official from IMD adding that Mumbai witnessed a good monsoon this year.From June 1 to September 28, the Colaba observatory of IMD has witnessed 2224.2 mm of rains while the Santacruz observatory has received 2943.1mm of rains. Infact on September 19 Mumbai recorded the highest 24 hour rains in a decade as it received 303.7 mm of rainfall, meanwhile the highest rainfall of this season was also recorded on August 29 when Santacruz recorded 331.4 mm of rains.

With a week left for withdrawal, 4% monsoon deficit in country

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Despite the late surge of monsoon rains over northwest and central India, the overall countrywide deficit will not see much reduction as monsoon enters its last week of withdrawal. On Saturday, the monsoon rainfall was four per cent below normal across the country with 25 of the 36 sub-divisions receiving normal rains, six receiving excess, and five facing a deficit rains. Scientists from India Meteorological Department (IMD) said that monsoon will begin withdrawing in another three to four days.”The deficit may not reduce much in the days left. Northeast and southern peninsula are the only places that are likely to see rainfall in the coming days. These will largely be thunderstorms,” said D Sivananda Pai, Head, Climate Prediction, IMD, Pune.Even as the monsoon’s countrywide performance has been on the lines of the forecast made by the India Meteorological Department (IMD), its distribution has not been uniform. This resulted in below par rainfall across the Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Marathwada, North Karnataka, and Kerala.IMD data shows that July, the peak month for rainfall across the southern peninsula, was the poorest with a deficit of 36 per cent. The region saw better rainfall in August and September, reducing the deficit substantially. But, rains in the northwest and the plains are likely to end with a high deficit. As on Saturday, there was 31 per cent rainfall deficit in western Uttar Pradesh and 26 per cent deficit in eastern Uttar Pradesh. In Central India, eastern Madhya Pradesh has 23 per cent deficit and Vidarbha 22 per cent.A closer look at the district-level figures reveal that most of Marathwada and Vidarbha are in the red, facing a deficit in the range of 20 to 30 per cent.”A notable thing about this monsoon is that it has been marked by short spells of heavy rains followed by long dry spells. There are intraseasonal oscillations and variabilities that have not been fully captured and research is evolving,” said AK Srivastava, Head, Climate Monitoring and Analysis, IMD, Pune.

Earthquake with slight intensity hits Jammu & Kashmir

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<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Earthquake of magnitude 4.5 occurred in Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday at around 5:45 am, confirmed India Meteorological Department (IMD).No loss of life or damage to the property has been reported as of now.The depth of the earthquake, with slight intensity, was 150 kilometres, and the coordinates were latitude 34.0 degrees north and longitude 74.7 degrees east.

Temperature drops in Capital on Saturday

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Capital had a pleasant Saturday as the skies remained overcast with maximum temperature plunging to 31.4 degrees Celsius, two notches below the season’s average.Meanwhile, the minimum temperature settled at 26.5 degrees Celsius, a notch above normal, according to an official of the meteorological department. The humidity level hovered between 80 and 63 per cent. According to the MeT department, sky will remain overcast on Sunday as well.“The maximum and minimum temperatures are expected to remain between 33 and 26 degrees Celsius respectively,” the official said.On Friday, the minimum temperature was recorded at 27 degrees Celsius, while the maximum temperature settled at 36.4 degrees Celsius.

Mumbai gets hotter, but rains may give a peek soon

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>While the good news is that monsoons are still in an active phase in the city and not likely to recede anytime soon, the bad news is that the heat, which seems to have gripped Mumbai is likely to continue for a couple of days.On Monday, Santacruz recorded a maximum temperature of 35.5 degree Celsius while the maximum temperature recorded at Colaba was 33.4 degree Celsius. “Easterly winds over Central India have the temperatures rising in the city. Due to the easterly, sea breeze sets in late, spiking temperatures,” informed KS Hosalikar, Deputy Director General (western region) India Meteorological Department (IMD).He also said that the haze-like effect seen at several places in Mumbai was due to rise in temperatures and dust pollution. Several parts of the city including Mazgaon, Chembur and Navi Mumbai had poor air quality with high PM2.5 levels.Meanwhile, as per Skymet Weather, rains are much likely to make a comeback, as a cyclonic circulation has developed over southwest Madhya Pradesh and a trough is extending from this system to Kerala across Madhya Maharashtra. This may bring light scattered rains for the next 24 hours. Thereafter, the offshore trough running from South Gujarat to coastal Karnataka is likely to become active and may cause moderate rain on September 13 through 14.

DNA Impact: Support pours in for Pune cook after scientist files police complaint against her

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after the controversy over an Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) scientist filing a complaint against her cook for concealing her caste to get the job, several organisations came out in support of the cook. Akhil Bharatiyya Brahman Mahasangh has also urged the scientist to withdraw the case to maintain social harmony.Controversy erupted on Thursday when Medha Khole, a senior scientist at IMD’s Pune office, lodged a cheating complaint against 60-year-old Nirmala Yadav claiming that inspite of being a non-Brahmin, Yadav concealed her caste to get a job at Khole’s place when Khole wanted a Brahmin cook to prepare meals on religious occasions.Several organisations in Pune came out in support of Yadav. Sambhaji Brigade even met joint commissioner of police Ravindra Kadam and demanded police action against Khole.Santosh Shinde, district president of Sambhajji Brigade told DNA, “It is not just an individual case; it has created a strong social impact. The case has been filed by a person who holds key position at a government office. The case shows her casteist mentality. Therefore, we have demanded police to register complaint against Khole to sent strong message in the society.”Even the members of some right wing organisations including Vishwa Hindu Parishad, Bajrang Dal, Raje Shivray Pratishthan visited Yadav’s residence on Sinhgad road and extended their support to the elderly woman.Following the complaint, Khole has received flak on social media for being casteist.Sampat Charwad, convener of Bajrang Dal in Pune said, “We met Yadav to give a message that we do not support casteism. Filing a case against a poor elderly woman on the basis of caste discrimination is absolutely wrong. Khole should tender an apology and she she should immediately withdraw the case.”Even Akhil Bhartiya Brahman Mahasangh has urged Khole to withdraw case. Vishwajeet Deshpande, state executive president of Mahasangh said, “It is personal choice of any person regarding whom to deploy at his or her place for any work. However, the reaction by Khole was extreme. She should not have filed a complaint. We are urging her to withdraw complaint.”

Support pours in for non-Brahmin cook after IMD scientist files police complaint against her for ‘cheating’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> A day after a controversy over Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) scientist filing a complaint against her cook for concealing her caste to get a work, several organisations came out in support of the cook. Akhil Bharatiyya Brahman Mahasangh has also urged the scientist to withdraw the case to maintain social harmony. Controversy erupted on Thursday when Medha Khole, a senior scientist who holds a post of deputy director general at IMD’s Pune office lodged a cheating complaint against 60 year old Nirmala Yadav claiming that inspite of being non Brahmin, Yadav concealed her caste to get a job at Khole’s place. The scientist wanted a Brahmin cook to prepare meal on religious occasions. Following the complaint, Khole has been receiving flak on social media for being casteist. Even several organisations in Pune came out in support of Yadav. Sambhaji Brigade even Joint Commissioner of police Ravindra Kadam and demanded police action against Khole.
ALSO READ IMD scientist lodges ‘cheating’ case against cook for hiding caste Santosh Shinde, district president of Sambhajji Brigade told DNA, “It is not just an individual case but an instance which can have strong social impact. The case has been filed by a person who holds key position at government office. The case shows her casteist mentality. Therefore, we have demanded police to register complaint against Khole to sent strong message in the society.” Members of some right wing organisations including Vishwa Hindu Parishad, Bajrang Dal, Raje Shivray Pratishthan visited Yadav’s residence on Sinhgad road and extended their support to the elderly woman. Sampat Charwad, convener of Bajrang Dal in Pune said, “We met Yadav to give a message that we do not support casteism. Filing a case against a poor elderly woman on the basis of caste discrimination is absolutely wrong. Khole should tender an apology and she she should immediately withdraw the case.”Even Akhil Bhartiya Brahman Mahasangh has urged Khole to withdraw case. Vishwajeet Deshpande, state executive president of Mahasangh said, “It is personal choice of any person regarding whom to deploy at his or her place for any work. However, the reaction by Khole was extreme. Shshould not have filed a complaint. We are urging her to withdraw complaint.”

IMD scientist lodges ‘cheating’ case against cook for hiding caste

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Weird it may sound, but this happened in Pune. A senior scientist of Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has lodged a cheating complaint against her 60 year old cook claiming that the cook has hurt her religious sentiments by concealing her real caste and posing herself as a woman from Brahmin community to get a job. Medha Khole, the complainant is a scientist at IMD’s Pune office, working as the Deputy Director General at IMD. Khole has lodged the complaint against 60 year old Nirmala Yadav who had been cooking at Khole’s residence in Shivajinagar area on special occasions since 2016.Khole, in her statement given to Sinhgad Road police, has stated that she required a married cook from Brahmin community to prepare food on special occasions such as during the puja in the memory of the deceased parents and also during Ganesh festival. In the year 2016, the woman approached Khole’s residence who introduced herself as Nirmala Kulkarni and told her that she belonged to Brahmin community, which was the requirement of Khole. After the first meeting, Khole visited the woman’s house to verify and only after that she allowed Yadav to work as a cook at her place. According to Khole’s statement, the woman cooked food at her place on six occasions.However on Wednesday, a priest who performs Puja at Khole’s place, told her that the cook was not from Brahmin community. Khole, in her statement, claimed that after getting the information from the priest, she visited the cook’s house in Sinhgad Road area again and asked the cook her reveal her real caste. The cook confessed she was not from Brahmin community and also told her she was a widow and not married as per Khole’s condition. Following this, Khole approached the police station on Thursday morning and lodged the complaint against the woman who has now claimed her name as Nirmala Yadav. “On the basis of the statement given by Khole, we have registered a case against Yadav under section 419 for cheating by impersonation and other relevant sections,” Assistant Police Inspector Jyoti Gadkari told DNA. “When we asked the reason to the woman for concealing her cast, she said that her financial condition is not good and to get money, she required the job. However, since Khole wanted a cook from Brahmin community only, the woman concealed her real cast to get the job,” Gadkari added.

Rain once again brings Capital to a standstill

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Incessant rain on Thursday afternoon brought the Capital to a standstill as massive waterlogging led to traffic jams across the city and the national capital region. Thunder and lightning brought sudden downpours to the entire region around 1 pm, catching commuters unaware.The Safdarjung Observatory recorded 59 mm rainfall in the past 24 hours with maximum temperature remaining 32 degree Celsius and minimum temperature at 27 degree Celsius. The Meteorological Department has predicted moderate rain activity on Friday as well which will bring down the minimum temperature by two degrees, at 25 degree Celsius, while the maximum temperature will remain unchanged.The forecast for the weekend also shows moderate to light rainfall. Parts of Delhi, Gurgaon and Faridabad received spells of rain on Wednesday evening.Meanwhile, Delhi once again bore the brunt of poor civic infrastructure as traffic snarls at major roads dampened the spirit of the monsoon. Even though the weather became pleasant and people got relief from humidity, heavy rainfall threw life out of gear.Main roads like Dhaula Kuan to Cariappa Vihar, Parade Road, Bhagwan Das Road, Lodhi Road saw traffic jams due to heavy rainfall in the afternoon. Parade Road reported slow traffic movement by 30 minutes in the afternoon while Savitri flyover on the way to Nehru Place and Modi Mill U-turn near Okhla suffered massive jams due to water logging.

Mumbai rains: Take weather forecast seriously to minimise damages

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On any given day, heavy downpour in Mumbai, Delhi, and Bengaluru has the potential to severely disrupt normal life and pose danger to the lives of those who get stranded, unaware of the impending danger coming from the sky. But, can’t we better prepare ourselves–at least most of the time–to face the danger? Sure, we can, if we care to act on the weather forecast. In the last one decade, India Meteorological Department (IMD) has gained a greater degree of precision in forecasting rains. But all too familiar joke that it won’t rain if the IMD says so still guides our action when it comes to fighting the onslaught of extreme weather conditions in India. Heeding the advice of IMD on Mumbai’s forecast, a holiday was declared for school and colleges on Wednesday in Mumbai. Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis asked Mumbaikars to remain at home. But this measure was taken after the Tuesday’s rain in Mumbai which was heaviest since 2005 deluge.
ALSO READ ‘Lighthouse in the dark’: French family thanks Gurudwara for providing shelter during Mumbai rainsSpread awareness through mass mediaIf we had taken IMD forecast seriously, a lot of discomfort and pain could have been avoided. State governments should align more with the weather department and at least use mass media to make people aware of the extreme weather forecast, which would help them make arrangements to pick children, cancel avoidable trips and ensure children and old don’t get stranded on the road for many hours.
ALSO READ Mumbai Rains: 12 years on, little has changedIn western countries, people regularly check the weather forecast before making business trips or visiting places. Yes, their weather predictions are dependable and most of the time very accurate. Thankfully, things have improved in India, but we are yet to accept the change. State-of-the-art technology in IndiaWhen it comes to weather forecasting, our present systems are comparable to most of the countries in the world. “The weather forecasting systems in the country are comparable to most of the countries in the world with respect to weather forecasting,” the Minister of State for Science & Technology and Earth Sciences Shri Y.S.Chowdary, said in a reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha on August 6, 2015. He said that during the past few years, the Earth System Science Organization-India Meteorological Department (ESSO-IMD) has been continuously improving weather prediction services in terms of accuracy, lead time and associated impact.So jokes apart, start taking IMD weather forecast seriously. Listen to the weatherman and make informed decisions before venturing out.

Mumbai Rains: Navy opens community kitchens, food counters to provide relief to commuters

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Navy has opened community kitchens and food counters at various locations in the megapolis to provide relief to commuters stranded in torrential rainfall.”Community kitchens providing food opened at Churchgate, Byculla, Parel, CST, Worli and Tardeo, Mumbai Central, Dadar, Mankhurd, Chembur, Malad and Ghatkopar,” a Navy spokesperson said.”Food counters opened at various locations in Mumbai for stranded commuters,” the spokesperson tweeted.”Indian Navy for you…Anytime Anywhere Everytime,” he added.The Western Naval Command has made arrangements to provide shelter to Mumbaikars who were left stranded after heavy rains lashed the metropolis yesterday.”WNC has made arrangements to provide shelter to stranded Mumbaikars at Colaba, Worli and Ghatkopar,” the spokesperson said.”Shelters are being provided at Sagar Institute Colaba, INS Trata Worli, INS Hamla Marve and Material Organisation Ghatkopar,” he added.Naval helicopters have been kept on standby to meet any eventuality after heavy rains battered Mumbai and its adjoining areas, the Navy said. Flood rescue teams and divers are also ready for deployment.”Seaking 42 C ready for day/night Search and Rescue. Medical teams and Divers ready for immediate deployment,” the spokesperson tweeted.Five flood rescue teams and two diving teams are also ready to render assistance at different locations across Mumbai, he added.The metropolis received torrential rains the entire day yesterday and the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has warned of heavy showers today as well.

Navy provides shelter to Mumbaikars stranded after heavy rains

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Western Naval Command today said it has made arrangements to provide shelter to Mumbaikars who were left stranded after heavy rains lashed the metropolis.”WNC has made arrangements to provide shelter to stranded Mumbaikars at Colaba, Worli and Ghatkopar,” a Navy spokesperson said.”Shelters are being provided at Sagar Institute Colaba, INS Trata Worli, INS Hamla Marve and Material Organisation Ghatkopar,” he added.Naval helicopters have been kept on standby to meet any eventuality after heavy rains battered Mumbai and its adjoining areas, the Navy said. Flood rescue teams and divers are also ready for deployment.”Seaking 42 C ready for day/night Search and Rescue.Medical teams and Divers ready for immediate deployment,” the spokesperson tweeted.Five flood rescue teams and two diving teams are also ready to render assistance at different locations across Mumbai, he added.The metropolis received torrential rains the entire day today and the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has warned of heavy showers tomorrow as well.

Mumbai rains: Torrential rainfall cripples maximum city, PM assures Devendra Fadnavis of all help

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Torrential rain accompanied by strong winds pummelled Mumbai on Tuesday, disrupting rail, road and air services, uprooting trees, swamping homes, and bringing the megapolis and satellite towns to their knees.People’s woes were compounded by the high tide that prevented natural drainage of water into the sea. Meteorological department sources said Mumbai recorded copious rain of 298 mm (11.7 inches) of rainfall in 9 hours today. Thousands of vehicles were stranded on arterial roads in Lower Parel, Dadar, Kurla, Andheri, Khar West, Ghatkopar, Sion and Hindmata areas that were under knee to waist deep water for several hours, many having broken down.Suburban rail services, the lifeline of the metropolis, were thrown out of gear. Train services on all three suburban railway lines– Central, Western and Harbour lines–have been paralysed.Having waited for hours on end with water showing no signs of receding, fidgety passengers were seen jumping off stationary trains and walking along the tracks to their destinations. Commuters were seen standing under knee deep water on the steps of buses in low lying areas like Parel. Traffic crawled at snail’s pace on important roads, including the Eastern and Western Express Highway, Sion-Panvel highway and LBS Marg. Prime Narendra Modi spoke to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on the situation arising due to incessant rains and promised all possible support from the Centre.”Spoke to Maharashtra CM @Dev_Fadnavis on the situation arising due to incessant rain in Mumbai & surrounding areas,” Modi tweeted. Centre assures all possible support to the government of Maharashtra in mitigating the situation due to heavy rains in parts of the state,” he added. The metropolis has received heavy rainfall since last night. Between 8.30 am and 12 pm today, the city received 85 mm rainfall, Sudhir Naik, Deputy Municipal Commissioner, told PTI.Naval helicopters have been kept on standby to meet any eventuality and flood rescue teams and divers are also ready for deployment, a Navy spokesperson said. “Seaking 42 C ready for day/night Search and Rescue.Medical teams and Divers ready for immediate deployment,” the spokesperson tweeted. Five flood rescue teams and two diving teams are also ready to render assistance at different locations across Mumbai, the spokesperson said. Schools and colleges have been ordered shut following forecast of heavy rainfall, Education Minister Vinod Tawde said.According to the civic body’s disaster management cell, at least 20 incidents of trees fall and one of wall collapse were reported from across the city but there were no casualties.”Heavy waterlogging expected in coming hours due to heavy showers coupled with high tide. Pls chk ur route before venturing out,” the Mumbai police said in a tweet, advising people to remain indoors. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis visited the State Disaster Management Control (SDMC) room and took stock of the situation. “I have asked employees at Mantralaya, the state secretariat to leave for their homes. Employees in other offices have also been allowed to head to their homes. We have advised (private) offices to allow their employees to leave for their homes early today,” Fadnavis said.He said the situation was being monitored closely and necessary advisories would be issued from time to time. Aircraft have stopped landing at the city airport after 4 pm but were taking off, officials said. Flight operations at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport saw delay and disruptions since morning. Till evening, the airport saw six flight cancellations, 10 go-arounds and 10 diversions, airport sources said. While the main runway of the the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Aiport (CSIA) is operational, the nearby aerodrome at Juhu has been shut as it is very close to the Arabian Sea, sources said.The airport officials said on an average all the flights were delayed by over 45 minutes. “Heavy rain and strong winds have drastically reduced visibility leading to diversions and go arounds even though the main runway is open,” a Mumbai airport source told PTI. “Areas such as Mumbai, south Gujarat, Konkan, Goa and west Vidarbha will get extremely heavy rainfall in the next 24 to 48 hours. It is a serious situation. We have issued necessary warnings to the departments concerned, including airports,” A K Srivastav, head of climate monitoring and analysis at IMD Pune, told PTI.”The status of the weather system, which has brought heavy showers over the Mumbai region, has been upgraded from ‘well marked low pressure’ to ‘depression’. It means it is set to bring more rains. Hence, we have predicted an extremely heavy rainfall,” he said. In the morning, commuters bound for offices were stranded at several suburban stations.In absence of train services, major suburban stations were overcrowded. Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus was chock-a-block with commuters anxiously waiting for trains to head home. Charan Singh, Director, India Meteorological Department, said a ‘Red’ warning has been issued for the next 24 hours for the city and adjoining areas, indicating there could be very heavy rainfall. He said the city and surrounding areas would continue to receive heavy rainfall over the next 2-3 days.

Mumbai Rains: Mumbai-Pune Expressway partially closed amid heavy rainfall

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Torrential rain accompanied by strong winds pummelled Mumbai on Tuesday, disrupting rail, road and air services, uprooting trees, swamping homes, and bringing the megapolis and satellite towns to their knees.Because of the deluge, the Mumbai-Pune Express Highway was partially closed by state government as a preventive measure. A state highway police official said that Mumbai-bound lane was partially shut. However, vehicles are being allowed to travel to Pune. The road has most probably been closed to avoid accidents in this terrible weather.
ALSO READ Mumbai rains: Over 200 mm rainfall recorded in 6 areas; police advises citizens to abandon car if water reaches tyre levelHowever, as usual the rain brought the Mumbai spirit to the forefront as people from all walks of life came together to help each other. Many Mumbaikars threw their homes open to total strangers, telling them that if they could bunk with them till the disaster passed.Meanwhile, the Mumbai Metro added more services to deal with the rush as commuters tried alternative measures to get home. Naval helicopters were also kept on standby to meet any eventuality.
ALSO READ Mumbai Rains: Mumbai Metro comes to city’s rescue, adds additional services to cater to passengersThe situation was compounded by the high tide that prevented natural drainage of water into the sea. Meteorological department sources said Mumbai recorded copious rain of 65 mm in just three hours.Thousands of vehicles were stranded on arterial roads in Lower Parel, Dadar, Kurla, Andheri, Khar West, Ghatkopar, Sion and Hindmata areas that were under knee to waist deep water for several hours, many having broken down.
ALSO READ WATCH | Lara Dutta puts Mahesh Bhupathi’s Grand Slam towels to ‘good use’ in Mumbai RainsTrains were running late or stopped on all three suburban railway lines–Central, North and Harbour lines–as tracks were submerged at several places.Having waited for hours on end with water showing no signs of receding, fidgety passengers were seen jumping off stationary trains and walking along the tracks to their destinations.Commuters were seen standing under knee deep water on the steps of buses in low lying areas like Parel. Traffic crawled at snail’s pace on important roads, including the Eastern and Western Express Highway, Sion-Panvel highway and LBS Marg.”The metropolis has received heavy rainfall since last night. Between 8.30 am and 12 pm today, the city received 85 mm rainfall,” Sudhir Naik, Deputy Municipal Commissioner, told PTI.According to the civic body’s disaster management cell, at least 20 incidents of trees fall and one of wall collapse were reported from across the city but there were no casualties.”Heavy waterlogging expected in coming hours due to heavy showers coupled with high tide. Pls chk ur route before venturing out,” the Mumbai police said in a tweet, advising people to remain indoors.Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis visited the State Disaster Management Control (SDMC) room and took stock of the situation.”I have asked employees at Mantralaya, the state secretariat to leave for their homes. Employees in other offices have also been allowed to head to their homes. We have advised (private) offices to allow their employees to leave for their homes early today,” Fadnavis said.He said the situation was being monitored closely and necessary advisories would be issued from time to time.Aircraft have stopped landing at the city airport after 4 pm but were taking off, officials said.Flight operations at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport saw delay and disruptions since morning.Due to strong winds and downpour since morning, six to seven flights had to do go arounds while landing, while four to some were diverted to nearby airports, mainly Ahmedabad.A Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport spokesperson said there was an average delay of 35 minutes.”Heavy rain and strong winds have drastically reduced visibility leading to diversions and go arounds even though the main runway is open,” a Mumbai airport source told PTI.Suburban rail services, the lifeline of the metropolis, were thrown out of gear.The Central Railway-run harbour line, which connects CSMT to Panvel, remained suspended since 11:30 am, railways officials said.”Due to waterlogging on tracks & point failure at Bandra following very heavy rains, 3 lines except UP Fast line are affected. Efforts are on to start traffic on 3 lines (except UP fast line) at Bandra as soon as possible by attending the points,” the Western Railway tweeted.”Areas such as Mumbai, south Gujarat, Konkan, Goa and west Vidarbha will get extremely heavy rainfall in the next 24 to 48 hours. It is a serious situation. We have issued necessary warnings to the departments concerned, including airports,” A K Srivastav, head of climate monitoring and analysis at IMD Pune, told PTI.”The status of the weather system, which has brought heavy showers over the Mumbai region, has been upgraded from ‘well marked low pressure’ to ‘depression’. It means it is set to bring more rains. Hence, we have predicted an extremely heavy rainfall,” he said.In the morning, commuters bound for offices were stranded at several suburban stations.In absence of train services, major suburban stations were overcrowded. Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus was chock-a-block with commuters anxiously waiting for trains to head home.Charan Singh, Director, India Meteorological Department, said a ‘Red’ warning has been issued for the next 24 hours for the city and adjoining areas, indicating there could be very heavy rainfall. He said the city and surrounding areas would continue to receive heavy rainfall over the next 2-3 days.

Rains likely to intensify next week

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rains are likely to intensify in the state, especially in the coastal region next week, according to a report of weather department. In the city, cloudy weather will prevail this week with a possibility of thunderstorms and dust storms from Friday.”Light to moderate rain or thundershowers are very likely at many places in Gujarat and at a few places in Saurashtra and Kutch, till Sunday,” said Indian Meteorological Department.During the day, 35 talukas received rains on Wednesday, according to the State Emergency Operations Centre (SEOC). Siddhpur received 73 mm rains till 2 pm, followed by Himmatnagar (38 mm) and Idar (25 mm). Till Wednesday morning, the state received 729 mm rain, which is 90 per cent of the 30-year average of 810 mm rain.Timely onset in June followed by widespread and heavy rains in July has ensured that Gujarat has excess rains this year after a gap of four years. With over one month to go for monsoon to end, the trend of having deficient rains for past three years will end.

Heavy rains to continue for next 48 hours: IMD

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted heavy to very heavy rains for Mumbai and the Konkan region during the next 48 hours. For the second consecutive day on Sunday, heavy rains continued to lash several parts of the city. Between 8.30 am and 5.30 pm on Sunday, Colaba recorded 42.8mm rainfall while the Santacruz Observatory recorded 85.8mm rainfall.KS Hosalikar, deputy director-general (western region), IMD, said that the city will continue to get heavy to very heavy rainfall until Tuesday. “There is a low-pressure area around Vidarbha thus strengthening the westerlies. Heavy rain warning for Monday and Tuesday has been issued to Mumbai and Konkan,” he said.While on Sunday there was no disruption across the three railway lines, BEST bus services in Andheri subway and near the National college, Bandra, were suspended for some time in the morning as a precautionary measure.Eastern suburbs saw heavy rainfall in the last 24 hours between August 19 and 20 (8 am – 8 am). While Bhandup recorded the highest rainfall at 123.64 mm, Gavanpada in Mulund recorded 122.14 mm rainfall, followed by Ghatkopar (113.29mm), Vikhroli (93.46mm) and Kurla (86.83mm).The heavy rains led to waterlogging in Sion, Dadar, Mumbai Central, Kurla, Andheri, and Sakinaka affecting traffic movement.”Mumbai suburbs saw high rainfall in the last 24 hours. While two roads were shut for traffic for a very brief period, no major water-logging was reported in the city,” a BMC official said.Meanwhile, 11 short circuits were reported on Sunday: two in Mumbai city, three in eastern suburbs and six in the western suburbs. However, no injuries were reported….& ANALYSISIf heavy rains continue to lash, commuting might be a hassle with train services likely to be delayed due to water logging
Traffic jams on the highways that are already congested due to metro work might get worse

IMD issues thunderstorm, lightning warning in 18 Odisha

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The IMD today issued thunderstorm and lightning warning in 18 districts of Odisha. It also cautioned the people in the 18 districts to take shelter in nearby buildings or other safe locations. The districts are Maurbhanj, Keonjhar, Balasore, Bhadrak, Kendrapara, Jagatsinghpur, Ganjam, Nayagarh, Khorda, Cuttack, Puri, Kandhamal, Kalahandi, Sundergarh, Jharsuguda, Koraput, Malkangiri and Gajapati. Meanwhile, Meteorological Centre here said, rainfall occurred at a few places in Odisha with heavy rainfall at one or two places in north coastal Odisha. While Kantapada in Cuttack district recorded 8cm rainfall, Jajpur recorded 6 cm, Jenapur in Jajpur district 5 cm, Tigiria in Cuttack district, Boden in Nawapara district and Jhorigam in Nawarangpur district have received 4 cm rainfall each during the last 24 hours.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Rains & cloudy sky keep max temp below 30 degrees in Bihar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Light to moderate and heavy to heavy rainfall occurred in most places of north east, north central and north west parts of Bihar, Met office said. While light rainfall occurred at one or two places in south west, light rainfall took place in many places of south central and light to moderate rainfall was witnessed in most places of south east parts of the state. Patna Meteorological Centre has forecast heavy to very heavy with extremely heavy rain in one or two places in north Bihar tomorrow while heavy rain is likely to occur in one or two places in south east parts of the state. As per Met bulletin, Purnea registered 108.8 mm rainfall among four major cities during the day, followed by 2.0 mm in Bhagalpur, 0.2 mm in Patna. Purnea registered 39.6 mm rainfall in the past 24 hours (recorded between 8:30 am on Friday to 8:30 am on Saturday), followed 8.2 mm in Patna, 7.5 in Bhagalpur and 1.4 mm in Gaya, it said. Weather remained cloudy throughout the day coupled with very light rainfall that made weather pleasant in the state capital. Among the major cities, Gaya recorded the highest maximum temperature at 30.5 degrees Celsius, followed by 29.8 degrees in Patna, 28.6 degrees in Bhagalpur and 27.5 degrees in Purnea, Met office said. In its forecast, the MeT office said that Patna and Gaya are likely to witness generally cloudy sky with few spells of rain or thunder shower tomorrow while Bhagalpur may witness generally cloudy sky with possibility of heavy rain tomorrow. Purnea, however, is expected to witness continuous rain tomorrow with generally cloudy sky tomorrow, it said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

IMD forecast heavy rainfall in interior Odisha

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The India Meteorological Department (IMD) today forecast heavy rainfall in interior Odisha in the next 24 hours with the southwest monsoon active across the state. “Heavy rainfall is likely to occur at one or two places over interior Odisha during the next 24 hours,” an official statement issued by the IMD said. Meanwhile, sources in the Meteorological Centre, Bhubaneswar said rainfall has occurred at many places over Odisha with heavy to very heavy rainfall at one or two places over north interior Odisha and heavy rainfall at one or two places over south coastal Odisha. The chief amounts of rainfall recorded in cm are Samakhunta in Mayurbhanj district (18 cm), Baripada in Mayurbhanj distrct (10 cm), Purushottampur in Ganjam district (9 cm), Patnagarh in Bolangir district (6 cm) and Khandapara in Nayagarh district (5 cm).(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Second half of monsoon to be normal: IMD

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rainfall during the second half of the Southwest monsoon season is going to be normal, that is in the range of 94-106 per cent of long-period average (LPA), the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Tuesday. As per IMD parlance, 96-104 per cent is considered normal. Quantitatively, rainfall across the country during this period, between August and September is going to be 100 per cent of the LPA, with a model error of +/- 8 per cent while in August it is going to be 99 per cent of LPA, IMD added.Till the halfway mark, July 31, monsoon rainfall was two per cent above normal for the country as whole. A week later on Tuesday, it was three per cent below normal. Out of 36 sub-divisions, 24 have received normal rainfall, eight have received deficient rainfall, three have received excess and one has received large excess.IMD said that as per its forecast, El Niño conditions are most likely to be neutral through the remaining monsoon months right up to 2018 spring season. “Atmospheric conditions over the Pacific continue to reflect neutral ENSO (El Niño Southern Oscillation) conditions. Latest forecast from monsoon mission system indicates neutral ENSO conditions are most likely till 2018 spring season with high probability (80-90%) till end of 2017,” IMD said.Despite the forecast for a normal rainfall, large parts of India are reeling under large deficit, portending drought like conditions in next summer. At district level, the situation remains worrying for Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra. At the end of July, only Marathwada region’s districts were in the red. But as of August 8, almost entire Vidarbha region, with the exception of Wardha district, and Khandesh region are facing a deficit.While there is deficit in these states, Rajasthan and Gujarat witnessed unusually high rainfall last month that led to a short duration floods. Mount Abu in Rajasthan received over 700mm in a 24-hour period, a record for the past century.Meanwhile, in the coming days, northeastern states are going to face heavy rainfall due to strong southwesterly winds. Besides northeast, Bihar and south Peninsular region covering all southern states are also going to witness above normal rainfall.

Second half of monsoon season to receive ‘normal’ rainfall: IMD

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The second half of the monsoon season is expected to receive “normal” rainfall, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said today.According to the IMD, rainfall over the country during the remaining two months of the monsoon season (August and September) is likely to be 100 per cent of the Long Period Average (LPA) with a model error of plus or minus 8 per cent. Rainfall between 94-104 per cent of the LPA is considered “normal”, it said. August is expected to witness 99 per cent of the LPA, the weatherman said. The IMD has predicted a normal monsoon this year.The MET, however, recorded an overall deficiency of minus 3 per cent from June 1 to August 7 following which several parts of the country are witnessing drought-like conditions, especially in the southern peninsula. On the other hand, states like Gujarat, Rajasthan and several parts of the northeast have witnessed floods. In June, IMD Director General K J Ramesh had revised the forecast to 98 per cent precipitation of the LPA due to reduced chances of occurrence of El-Nino, a phenomenon associated with heating of Pacific waters.”The atmospheric conditions over the Pacific Ocean continue to reflect neutral El-Nino conditions. The latest forecast also indicates neutral ENSO (El Ni o-Southern Oscillation) conditions till 2018 spring season,” the IMD said.The weather body added that the Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD) conditions are also neutral which is a “good sign for the remaining two months”. The Indian Ocean Dipole is a phenomenon associated with heating of Indian Ocean.

Brace for more: Weatherman

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>It was virtual house arrest for most Amdavadis on Thursday as rain continued to batter the city. Roads wore a deserted look as schools and colleges remained closed and people were anxious about venturing out.With more rainfall predicted, it is unlikely citizens will get respite anytime soon. The Meteorological department had earlier forecast the intensity of rainfall would decrease by Friday. However, this has been revised and Jayanta Sarkar, director of Ahmedabad India Meteorological Department (IMD), said the city would continue to receive heavy rainfall for the next three days.“We were expecting the rains to abate by Friday. But the cyclonic circulation has not moved from Gujarat. Hence, the next three days will see heavy to extremely heavy rain in north and central Gujarat,” said Sarkar.Private weather forecast agency Skymet has predicted a decline in rainfall, but not much relief. “The torrential showers can be attributed to the low pressure persisting over South Rajasthan and adjoining Gujarat. This system has weakened into a cyclonic circulation and moved toward southwest parts of Rajasthan,” said Mahesh Palavat, chief meteorologist at Skymet.“A depression marked over Uttar Pradesh has moved to Madhya Pradesh and will create a low pressure area over South East Rajasthan which will bring heavy rains across some parts of north and central Gujarat,” added Palavat. Sabarkantha, Patan, Mehsana, Ahmedabad, Idar, Surendranagar are likely to be hit by heavy rainfall.

Come Friday, monsoon activity to simmer down: IMD

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The weatherman has brought some good news for the people of Gujarat suffering from the continuous rains. According to the IMD, monsoon activity will simmer down by Friday, although on and off showers will continue until August 10.The downpour, which began on July 21, resulted in a loss of hundreds of lives and thousands becoming homeless. Jayanta Sarkar, director of the India Meteorological Department (IMD) – Ahmedabad, said, “Monsoon is very active over Gujarat region and heavy to very heavy rains are expected at isolated places over the next two days. The intensity of rains will decrease Friday onwards.”Meanwhile, Mahesh Palavat, chief meteorologist at Skymet, said, “The current weather system will prevail for another 24 hours. Monsoon activity will reduce from Friday onwards,” adding, “Scattered on and off rains will continue across the state until August 10,” added Palavat.From Thursday, improvements in flood situations are expected. However, light to moderate rains with few heavy spells will continue until then,” Sarkar added.

System formed over Bay of Bengal brings good rain in Maha: IMD

The significance of this shift is that Vidarbha region in Maharashtra is getting good showers,” Dr A K Srivastav, head of climate monitoring and analysis group, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) told <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A system developed over the Bay of Bengal a couple of weeks back has been shifting towards Chhattisgarh and Maharashtra, bringing good amount of rain in the eastern parts of the state as well as the central and south-central regions of the country, an IMD official said. “A system developed over the Bay of Bengal a couple of weeks back has been gradually shifting towards Maharashtra. It brought good showers in Odisha in the last week, followed by Chhattisgarh and Maharashtra. The significance of this shift is that Vidarbha region in Maharashtra is getting good showers,” Dr A K Srivastav, head of climate monitoring and analysis group, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Uneven rainfall distribution in Maha, Vidarbha 20 pc deficient

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Although the southwest monsoon has covered entire Maharashtra, the state has so far witnessed uneven distribution of rainfall, with Vidarbha region getting 20 per cent deficient rains, the IMD data has revealed. The cumulative figures show that except Vidarbha region, Konkan, Madhya Maharashtra and Marathwada subdivisions have received “good” showers in the last four days. However, a closer look at the figures reveal that there has been uneven distribution of rainfall in these regions, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said. The data released by the IMD’s New Delhi office says that Vidarbha region, one of the largest producers of cotton, soyabean, orange and rice, has so far witnessed 20 per cent deficient rains. The Vidarbha subdivision has 11 districts, making it the largest in terms of the geographical area. Compared to its normal rainfall of 347.8 mm from June 1 to July 18, this eastern part of the state has received only 278.9 mm rainfall till now. Out of the 11 districts in Vidarbha region, which is infamous for the large number of farmers’ suicides, only four have reported “normal” rainfall in the season, while the remaining districts have received deficient rainfall, the IMD data showed. Madhya (central) Maharashtra- the second largest subdivision that comprises 10 districts, has received 326.6 mm rainfall from June 1 as against its normal rainfall of 283.8 mm. The rainfall is 15 per cent higher (than the average), which the IMD has termed as “normal”. Districts like Ahmednagar, Nashik, Pune and Solapur have received “excess” rainfall from June 1, while Kolhapur and Sangli have received deficient rainfall. Rest of the districts have received normal rainfall, the IMD data has revealed. The agriculturally-important districts, like Jalgaon (-14%), Kolhapur (-25%) and Sangli (-39%) districts in western Maharashtra are still in deficient rainfall category, the IMD data stated. “The only positive development for this subdivision so far is that there has been good rainfall in Nashik, Pune and Ahmednagar districts, where several major rivers and their tributaries originate. Godavari, Pravara, Neera, Mula, Mutha, Indrayani, Bhima, Bhama and Ghod are the major rivers that irrigate Central Maharashtra and good showers in the catchment areas augur well for farming,” Maharashtra Agriculture Minister Pandurang Fundkar told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Heavy rains continue to lash Hyderabad, parts of Telangana

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Normal life was affected as heavy rains continued to lash Hyderabad and other parts of Telangana for the second day today. Madhira in Khammam district received nine cms of rainfall, followed by Hayatnagar (7 cms) in Rangareddy district, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said. The incessant rain led to water-logging on roads at several places here. Several rivulets and other water bodies were in spate at different places in the state. Hyderabad received 60.2 mm of rainfall today, according to the IMD. The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) said in a release that rain water on roads was drained out by its personnel at different places. The process of demolishing old structures (which are found unsafe) is going on and notices have been issued to residents of some other old buildings to vacate them, it said. Heavy to very heavy rain is likely to occur at isolated places in all districts of Telangana, the IMD said. Saying that water logging was a common sight in the city, Leader of Opposition (Congress) in state Legislative Council Mohammed Ali Shabbir alleged that the TRS government has failed in its promise to make the city free of traffic snarls.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Rains continue to lash Mumbai metropolitan region for 4th day

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rains continued to lash Mumbai metropolitan region for the fourth day today with India Meteorological Department’s (IMD) Santacruz and Colaba stations recording a three digit rainfall in last 24-hours. The rainfall figures have been recorded between 8 am of July 17 to 8 am of July 18. “The Santacruz station of Mumbai IMD recorded 163 mm of rainfall, while Colaba registered 107 mm of showers in last 24-hours,” IMD-Mumbai, director, Sunil Kamble told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Odisha likely to receive heavy to very heavy rainfall: IMD

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Odisha is likely to receive heavy to very heavy rainfall due to formation of a low pressure area created in Northwest Bay of Bengal off North Odisha and Gangetic West Bengal coast, IMD sources said. “Heavy to very heavy rainfall likely to occur at one or two places over the districts of coastal Odisha and heavy rainfall at one or two places over districts of interior Odisha during next 24 hours,” the latest bulletin issued by the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said. Under the influence of the upper air cyclonic circulation over Northwest Bay of Bengal and neighbourhood, a low pressure area has formed over Northwest Bay of Bengal off North Odisha and Gangetic West Bengal coast at 0830 hours today. This system is likely to cause rain or thunder shower at most places over Odisha, it said. Gusty surface wind from Northwesterly direction with speed reaching 35-40 kmph gusting to 45 kmph likely to prevail along and off Odisha Coast. As the sea condition would be moderate to rough, the fishermen are advised to be cautious while venturing into sea. Meanwhile, most places of the state have received light to moderate rainfall during last 24 hours. While 45 mm rainfall have been recorded in Cuttack, 36 mm rain occurred in Sundergarh followed by 30 mm in Puri yesterday, they said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Goa to witness heavy rainfall in next two days: IMD

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Goa is expected to witness heavy rainfall in the next two days, the Indian Meteorological department has said. “Goa has recorded 1,198 mm rainfall till date during the current season which is against the expected figure of 1,384 mm resulting in 13 per cent less rainfall compared to the normal,” Rahul M, senior scientist with IMD’s Goa office told reporters today. He said though the rainfall is 13 per cent less, we cannot say there is deficient rainfall as plus or minus 20 per cent is considered as a normal. The department has said heavy rainfall is expected in the next two days in the state accompanied with strong winds. Fishermen are adviced not to venture into the sea, he said. “Heavy to very heavy rainfall is very likely to occur at isolated places on July 15 and heavy rainfall is likely to occur at isolated places on July 16,” the bulletin released by IMD said. Rahul said that the off shore trough which is created along with the low level pressure developed in Western Madhya Pradesh is resulting in the strong westerly winds in the state.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

After dry spell, rains return; forecast: to stay

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Mumbaikars breathed a sigh of relief on Thursday, after light to moderate rainfall graced different parts of the city and suburbs ending a week-long dry spell.While no thunderstorms have been forecasted in the coming week, Mumbaikars should brace themselves for intermittent showers in the city and the suburbs, with heavy to very heavy rainfalls at isolated places.”The formation of offshore monsoon troughs has allowed for us to predict rains in the near future”, said Krishnachand Hosalikar, the Deputy General of the Indian Meteorological Department.The formation of a low pressure belt over Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Konkan is likely to influence the rains for the next 24 hours and an improved rain activity has been recorded in parts of Mumbai for the first time since the first week of July.The humidity levels on Thursday were well over 85 per cent in the city. Colaba recorded 22 mm rainfall, and Santa Cruz, 14.8 mm, as a result of the Westerly winds along the coast.

Mercury drops but humidity makes Delhiites sweat

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Though intermittent rainfall has been gracing Delhi for the last few days, people were yet to feel any respite on Wednesday as the weather continued to be hot and humid.Delhi has been in throes of a scorching summer. Though the mercury has dropped below the normal level, the humidity is yet to let up. As per the reports of the Meteorological Department, the maximum and minimum temperatures on Wednesday had settled much below the normal levels.According to a MeT official: “The maximum temperature was recorded at 33.2 degrees Celsius, three notches below normal, and the minimum settled at 26 degrees Celsius, a notch below normal.” There has been a drastic fluctuation in the humidity level as well, as they it swayed between 92 and 68 per cent. While 24.7 mm rainfall was recorded till 8.30 am, the city remained deprived of any rain thereafter, till evening.The department officials have further said there was a possibility of light and moderate rains, accompanied by thundershowers, on Friday. “The maximum and minimum temperatures are likely to hover at 32 and 27 degrees Celsius, respectively,” an official said.

Rains: Goa suffers deficit in Jun; farmers upbeat over pattern

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Indian Meteorological department recorded a rainfall deficit in the month of June in Goa but the State Agriculture department is upbeat over the monsoon pattern claiming that scattered rains have helped farmers to plant paddy. The monsoon which arrived in the first week of June a little behind schedule, was weak during the month with Met department recording 11 per cent deficit compared to the last year. “Goa received 803 mm of rainfall in the month of June as against 906 mm recorded in the same month last year. That amounts to a deficit of 11 per cent,” M L Sahu, Director, Indian Met department s Goa facility told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

IMD predicts heavy showers in Mumbai, Konkan in next 2 days

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>While some districts in Maharashtra have received less than average rainfall so far in this monsoon, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) today predicted heavy showers in coastal areas, including Mumbai, over the next two days. As per the IMD forecast issued today, few places in Konkan, Goa and parts of Madhya Maharashtra would get heavy rainfall for the next two days. Few places in Mumbai would also get heavy showers in next 48 hours from tomorrow morning, it said. “Rest of the areas would receive light showers or have cloudy conditions for next 48 hours starting from the morning of June 30,” it said. While some parts of the state, like Mumbai, recorded surplus rainfall of the season so far, some districts in the state, including Satara and Kolhapur, have received less than average rains. Mumbai has received 541 mm rainfall since June 1 (till today), which is 12.7 mm more than the average rainfall Mumbai gets by June 29. On the other hand, districts like Kolhapur (-62.5mm), Ratnagiri (-28.2mm), Satara (-95.7mm), Sangli (-62.3mm) and Panjim (-64.1mm) have received less rainfall, the database updated today said. Madhya Maharashtra received normal showers in the last 24 hours. Chopda in Jalgaon district in north Maharashtra received 40 mm rainfall, while Nashik, Hingoli and neighbouring districts received rainfall in between 10 to 20 mm in last 24 hours, it said. The catchment areas of major dams like Koyna, which alone generates more than 2,000 MW power for the state, has been receiving good showers. The rainfall recorded in the region was more than 200 mm in the last couple of days.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Dehradun continue on alert after incessant rainfall

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The meteorological department on Wednesday continued its alert for ?heavy rains? in the hilly districts of Uttarakhand. ?The state will continue to witness heavy rainfall in the next 3-4 days and so the alert for heavy rains is still on,” Bikram Singh, Director of the meteorological department said. He further added that ?the alert will remain on till Thursday, and it can be extended till we get a stable situation?. The Director also said that the pilgrims must keep calm instead of panicking. Earlier on Tuesday, the government issued an advisory to all the District Magistrates asking them to be vigilant and to take all precautionary measures for the people’s safety. The meteorological centre had issued a heavy rain advisory for parts of the state, especially those that fall on the Char Dham route. The Met office has also warned pilgrims against landslides and road blockages in hilly regions near the four shrines. Dehradun, Dhansali, Teri and Chamoli regions have received more than 100 mm rainfall in the earlier days creating blockades and damaging roads.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Heavy rains lash HP, monsoon to reach state by June 30

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Intermittent heavy rains lashed several parts of Himachal Pradesh even as the Met office predicted that the monsoon was not likely to hit the state before June 30. The normal date of arrival of monsoon is June 26 but last year it had arrived on June 30 and this year also the monsoon is likely to arrive around the same date, Director Meteorological Office Manmohan Singh said. The local Met office has issued warning of heavy rains at isolated places in mid and low hills of Shimla, Solan, Sirmaur, Chamba, Kangra, Mandi and Bilaspur districts in the next 24 hours and predicted a wet spell in the region upto July 3. Sarkaghart in Mandi which received 56 mm of rains in the past 24 hours was the wettest followed by Sundernagar 43 mm, Dharamshala 40 mm, Kangra 38 mm, Mandi 33 mm, Nahan 25 mm, Kheri 20 mm, Baijnath and Gohar 18 mm each, Baldwara 15 mm, Manali and Palmapur 13 each, Hamirpur 11mm, Bhoranj 9 mm, Poanta Sahib and Nurpur 8 mm each, Solan 6 mm and Kandaghat 5 mm. The month-long dry spell came to an end with intermittent rains lashing Hamirpur. As Beas river and its tributaries are in spate, authorities have advised people not to go near the river and rivulets for their own safety. Road traffic in various parts of the district was hampered due to rains and the PWD workers were busy in removing the debris from the roads. Maximum temperatures decreased by 2 to 3 degrees. Una was hottest with a day temperature of 35 degrees followed by Bhuntar 31 degrees, Kangra 30.2 degrees, Sundernagar 29.8 degrees, Dharamshala 28 degrees, Nahan 27.8 degrees, Manali 27 degrees, Solan 26 degree, Shimla 23.6 degrees and Kalpa 22.8 degrees Celsius. However, there was no appreciable change in the minimum temperatures and Manali recorded a low of 13 degrees Celsius followed by Kalpa 15 degrees, Keylong 16.9 degrees while the key tourist resorts of Shimla and Dharamshala and Shimla were at 17.6 degrees and 18.8 degrees Celsius.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Parts of south Gujarat witness heavy rains as monsoon advances

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Heavy rains continued to lash parts of south Gujarat, particularly Valsad and Rajkot, as the southwest monsoon moved further, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said today. “The southwest monsoon further advanced into some more parts of Gujarat. It has covered areas of the state till Naliya in Kutch to Idar in Sabarkantha,” the IMD said in a weather bulletin released today. While heavy rainfall continued in isolated places in south Gujarat region, several places in the state, including Saurashtra, also witnessed downpour. Some parts of Kutch also received rainfall, the IMD said. The Met department has predicted “heavy to very heavy rainfall” in isolated places in south Gujarat region, Saurashtra, Daman and Dadra and Nagar Haveli in the next two days. Some places in north and central Gujarat may also receive heavy to very heavy rainfall between Thursdays and Saturday this week, it said. As per the IMD data, Valsad received 18 mm rainfall, Surat 16.6 mm, Rajkot 21.8 mm, Gandhinagar 18.5 mm and Surendranagar 11.7 mm rainfall in 24 hours till this morning.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Assam flood situation improves; heavy rain in Mumbai, Konkan

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The flood situation in Assam improved today while hot and humid weather conditions prevailed in many parts of the northern states, even as Mumbai and Konkan area received heavy rainfall. It was a sunny day in national capital with the minimum temperature recorded at 30 degrees Celsius, two notches above the season’s average, while the maximum was 39.4 degrees Celsius. The humidity level was between 80-43 per cent, it said. In Assam, the flood situation has improved although over 45,000 people are still affected in Lakhimpur, Karimganj, Sivasagar and Jorhat districts of the state. Till yesterday, over 87,500 people were affected. According to Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), 83 villages are under water at present, while 117 hectares of crop land have been damaged. Dhansiri river at Numaligarh in Golaghat and Katakhal river at Matizuri in Hailakandi are flowing above the danger mark. Haryana and Punjab experienced sultry weather conditions while the weatherman predicted showers in both the states for the next couple of days. In Haryana, Ambala recorded a high of 39.7 degrees Celsius, two notches above the normal, while Hisar too had a hot and humid day at 40.1 degrees Celsius and Narnaul registered a maximum of 40 degrees Celsius. In Punjab, Ludhiana and Patiala recorded above-normal maximum temperatures at 38.9 degrees Celsius and 39.2 degrees Celsius respectively. Maximum temperatures rose by one to two degrees Celsius in Rajasthan even as the eastern and the western parts of the desert state received rain. Since yesterday, Jaipur, Udaipur, Rajsamand and Dungarpur in eastern Rajasthan recorded rainfall between one to five cm, the MeT department said. In western Rajasthan, parts of Pali and Nagaur districts recorded one to eight cm of rainfall. Ganganagar was the hottest place in the state at 44 degrees Celsius followed by 43.4 degrees Celsius in Jaisalmer, 43.2 degrees Celsius in Barmer and 43 degrees Celsius in Churu. Hot and humid weather conditions prevailed across Bihar with Gaya being the hottest place in the state at 37.1 degree Celsius. Patna and Bhagalpur recorded maximum temperature of 36.4 degrees Celsius each while Purnea registered a high of 35.5 degrees Celsius. In the morning hours humidity levels hovered between 61 and 71 per cent in Patna, Gaya, Bhagalpur and Purnea in the evening it was between 55 to 68 per cent. Heavy rainfall along with gusty surface wind is likely to occur in some areas of Odisha due to formation of a low pressure over northwest Bay of Bengal and adjoining coastal areas of Odisha and gangetic West Bengal. Sea condition would be moderate to rough along and off Odisha coast and fishermen were advised to be cautious while venturing into sea. The southwest monsoon, which has become active along the coastline of Maharashtra, has led to a heavy downpour in Mumbai and Konkan area. It dumped 124.7 mm of rain on Dahanu tehsil in Palghar district. However, the rest of the state, including the foodgrain basket of central Maharashtra, Marathwada and Vidarbha are awaiting good showers to begin sowing activity. The southwest monsoon has become active along the state’s coastline after a gap of 15 days, India Meteorological Department officials said. Dahanu gauged 124.7 mm of rainfall between 8.30 am on June 24 and 8.30 am today, the maximum in the last 24 hours in the entire state. Mahabaleshwar received 114.1 mm of precipitation, an IMD official said. Heavy showers drenched Thane and Palghar districts since yesterday. Mahabaleshwar recorded 114.1 mm of rainfall, Nashik 58.6 mm, Sangli 11.9 mm, Nanded 4mm, Gondia 6.8mm and Buldhana 9mm. A woman and her daughter were injured in Shahapur in Thane district when lightning struck them. A house collapsed in Ratibandar in Mumbra, apparently due to sharp showers. Further details of the incident are awaited.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

IMD predicts heavy rainfall in Puri during Rath Jatra

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rains today lashed parts of coastal region of Odisha due to a cyclonic circulation over north Bay of Bengal which is likely to take shape of a low pressure in next 48 hours, IMD said. “We have forecast heavy rainfall in coastal region and small amount of downpour in interior parts of the state in next 24 hours,” director IMD, Sarat Sahu said. Sahu said the IMD has already informed the state govenrment about the possibility of heavy rainfall in Puri, where Lord Jagannth’s annual Rath Jatra festival will be observed tomorrow. He said Puri has recorded the state’s highest rainfall of 52.8 mm during last 12 hours. “There will be cloudy sky over Puri and one or two spell of heavy rainfall in the holy town tomorrow,” Sahu said. Sahu said the low pressure would also trigger rainfall in south Odisha also. “The upper air cyclonic circulation over north Bay of Bengal and neighbourhood persists and now extends upto 7.6 km above mean sea level tilting southwestwards with height. Under the influence of this system, a low pressure area is likely to form over northwest Bay of Bengal and neighbourhood during next 48 hours,” a bulletin of the Indian Meteorological Department said. Meanwhile, rainfall has occurred at a few places over North Odisha and at one or two places over South Odisha. The chief amount of rainfall recorded in centimeter are: Kujanga (Jagatsinghpur district)- 5, Dhamnagar (Bhadrak)- 3, Marsaghai (Kendrapara)- 3, Kaptipada (Mayurbhanj)- 3, Balasore- 3, Kakatpur (Puri)- 3, Bhograi (Balasore)- 3, Joshipur (Mayurbhanj)- 3, Jaleswar (Balasore)- 3, Nilgiri (Balasore)- 2, Rajkanika (Kendrapara)- 2, Pallahara (Angul)- 2, Hemgiri (Sundargarh)- 2 and Astaranga (Puri)- 2.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

South west monsoon to advance in next 2-3 three days

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>South west monsoon may advance further in remaining parts of Bihar during the next two-three days. The monsoon has hit the eastern parts of Bihar on Friday, June 16. “Favourable conditions are developing for further advance of southwest monsoon into some more parts of Chhattisgarh, Vidarbha, remaining parts of Odisha, Jharkhand, Bihar, some parts of East Madhya Pradesh and East Uttar Pradesh during next 2-3 days,” said All India Weather Inference report issued by the India Meteorological Department, Delhi. As per bulletin issued by Patna Meteorological Centre, Bihar’s major cities like Patna, Gaya, Bhagalpur and Purnea may also witness partly cloudy sky with possibility of rain or thundershower tomorrow. Gaya recorded the highest maximum temperature at 41.1 degrees celsius, followed by 39.8 degrees in Patna, 37.0 in Bhagalpur and 34.4 in Purnea, it said. Light to moderate rainfall occurred at one or two places in north east parts of the state in the past 24 hours. Patna received a trace while Purnea 2.5 mm and Bhagalpur 0.2 mm rainfall in past 24 hours, it said adding that Purnea received 2.5 mm rainfall and Bhagalpur received 0.6 mm rainfall today. Dengraghat received 5 cm while Islampur and Manihari 2 cm each, bulletin said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Capital may get some respite from heat wave today

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Though the mercury dipped by barely 0.4 degrees Celsius, Delhiites, on Wednesday, witnessed some relief from scorching weather conditions that had become unbearable due to intense humid conditions.On Wednesday, the Capital recorded a maximum temperature of 41.6 degrees, which on Tuesday it was 42 degrees Celsius. Meanwhile, the minimum temperature on Wednesday settled at 29 degrees, said the India Meteorological Department (IMD).The Met Department had also predicted thunderstorms with rain on Wednesday.On Thursday, weather officials said, there is a possibility of thunder and lightning with a partially cloudy sky, while on Friday, rain is expected with thunderstorms. Rain and thunder showers are likely to occur on Monday and Tuesday (June 19 and 20), which will bring the mercury down to 37 degrees Celsius.A Met department official said, “Rain, dust storms and dip in temperature will come due to the Western disturbance.”Delhiites, meanwhile, have been braving the heat, hoping for some spell of rain to make summer bearable. “We stay indoors till evening and step out only after sunset. Even at that hour, it is like walking into a furnace,” said Sonali Gupta, a resident of Greater Kailash-I.

Monsoon making steady advance; Odisha warned of rains, winds

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The southwest monsoon is making a steady advance into Maharashtra and West Bengal and a “good week” has been predicted, while the weatherman has warned of heavy rains and gusty surface winds in several parts of Odisha tomorrow. The national capital had a moderately warm day today with the maximum temperature settling at 37.8 degrees Celsius, two notches below the season’s average. The minimum temperature settled at 25.5 degrees Celsius, three notches below normal. India Meteorological Department Director General K J Ramesh said the monsoon is in an “active phase” and has reached Mumbai, Mahabaleshwar (in Maharashtra) and several parts of the Konkan region, apart from Bijapur district in north Karnataka. “There is also a low pressure area in the Bay of Bengal and this will take the monsoon to several parts of West Bengal. The coming week will be very good for the advance of monsoon on the western side and east India,” Ramesh said. Heavy rains coupled with gusty surface wind is likely to pound several areas of Odisha due to the well-marked low pressure over the Bay of Bengal tomorrow and fishermen have been asked not to venture into the sea. The low pressure area over northern parts of central Bay of Bengal now lies as a well marked low pressure area over northwest Bay of Bengal and neighbourhood, the MeT office in the state said. Under its impact, rain and thundershower are likely to occur at most places over coastal Odisha and at many places over interior districts during the next 24 hours, it said. In addition, heavy to very heavy rainfall is likely to occur at one or two places over the districts of Balasore, Jajpur, Bhadrak, Mayurbhanj and heavy rainfall in Angul, Dhenkanal, Keonjhar, Khurda, Cuttack, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Puri, Gajapati, Nayagarh and Ganjam in the next 24 hours, it said. Maximum temperatures in most parts of Punjab and Haryana continued to remain below the normal levels. Chandigarh, the common capital of the two states, registered a maximum of 35.6 degrees Celsius, four notches below normal. The mercury went down by 1 to 5 notches in comparison to yesterday at most places in Rajasthan due to moderate to light rainfall. In the last 24 hours, 2 cm rainfall was recorded each in Sriganganagar and Bhadra, 1 cm each in Bikaner, Padampur, Sadulsahar, Sangaria, Pilibanga, Taranagar etc. But, weather remained mainly dry in most parts of Bihar barring its north-eastern region where a few places recorded light rainfall, the met office said The minimum temperatures dropped marginally in Himachal Pradesh due to scattered rains and strong winds in Shimla and surrounding areas. Heavy rainfall occurred at isolated places over West Madhya Pradesh, Vidarbha and Chhattisgarh while thunderstorm was observed at many places over the region. Rainfall occurred at most places over Kerala, Lakshadweep, Coastal Karnataka and interior Karnataka and at a few places over Coastal Andhra Pradesh and Telangana; and at isolated places over Tamil Nadu and Rayalaseema.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Monsoon making steady advance, expect a ‘good week’ ahead:IMD

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The southwest monsoon is making a steady advance into Maharashtra and West Bengal and the weatherman has predicted a “good week” ahead. India Meteorological Department Director General K J Ramesh said monsoon is in an “active phase” and has reached Mumbai, Mahabaleshwar (in Maharashtra) and several parts of the Konkan region, apart from Bijapur district in north Karnataka. “There is also a low pressure area in the Bay of Bengal and this will take the monsoon to several parts of West Bengal. “The coming week will be very good for the advance of monsoon on the western side and east India, Ramesh said. However, there will be no significant change in maximum temperatures over most part of the country during the next 24 hours and mercury is likely rise by 2-3 degrees Celcius over plains of northwest India thereafter. The IMD last week upgraded its initial monsoon forecast from 96 per cent of the Long Period Average (LPA) to 98 per cent, which comes in the range of “normal” rainfall. The monsoon reached Kerala on May 30, two days ahead of its normal schedule. “Favourable conditions are developing for further advance of southwest monsoon into some more parts of central Arabian Sea, Konkan, Madhya Maharashtra. “It is expected to advance to interior Karnataka and remaining parts of Rayalaseema, some parts of Telangana and some more parts of Coastal Andhra Pradesh, central and north Bay of Bengal, Tripura, Assam and Meghalaya and some more parts of West Bengal and Sikkim during next 2-3 days, the IMD said. It also predicted “heavy to very heavy rainfall” at isolated places over Assam and Meghalaya, Konkan and Goa and Coastal Karnataka tomorrow and “heavy” rains over West Bengal and Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram & Tripura, central Maharashtra, Marathwada and Kerala.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Met forecasts onset of monsoon in Bihar from June 14

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Patna Meteorological Centre today forecast onset of southwest monsoon in Bihar from June 14 that will hit parts of Seemanchal area first. The weathermen said that monsoon would be arriving in Bihar by its normal date i.e. June 10-15. “There is the possibility of onset of southwest monsoon in Bihar from June 14. It will hit some parts of Seemanchal area first in the state,” Patna Meteorological Centre’s scientist Anand Shankar told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Cyclone Mora to turn severe in 24 hours, bring heavy rainfall in Bengal, Northeast

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The deep depression over east-central Bay of Bengal has intensified into a cyclonic storm Mora and over the past six hours, it moved north-eastward with a speed of 14 kmph and lay centred over east-central Bay of Bengal, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said in its cyclone bulletin on Monday morning. The cyclone storm is about 750km south-southeast of Kolkata and 660km south-southwest of Chittagong and is likely to intensify into a severe cyclonic storm during the next 24 hours. According to IMD, it is very likely to move north-northeastwards and cross Bangladesh coast near Chittagong around May 30 forenoon and not make landfall in India. “Based on present conditions we can say that the cyclone storm is likely to transform into a severe cyclonic storm and pass closer to the eastern coast of Bangladesh, near Chittagong. It will not make landfall in India. We will only see heavy to very heavy rainfall in the range of 70-110mm as a result and fishermen from Bengal have been warned not to venture into the sea due to squally winds,” said Ganesh Kumar Das, Scientist D, Area Cyclone Warming Centre, IMD, Kolkata.The IMD added in its bulletin that Assam, Meghalaya, Tripura, Mizoram, Manipur, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh and West Bengal are likely to see heavy to very heavy rainfall. The storm will result in squally winds with speeds reaching 40-50 kmph gusting to 60kmph along and off Andaman Island and adjoining seas during next 48 hours.As per the current forecast and tracking, the storm is going to turn into a severe one between Monday and Tuesday and by May 31, it would become a deep depression. Winds would gust at a speed of 100-130kmph when it turns into a severe cyclonic storm, IMD said.

Temperature drops in Bihar after light to moderate rains

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Light to moderate rainfall at many places in north Bihar today eased the hot weather condition in the state with mercury dropping by three to seven degree celsius. The maximum temperature in Patna dropped to 37 degree celsius today as compared to 42 degree celsius yesterday, a bulletin of the Meteorological office said. Gaya registered 37.3 deg celsius today as against 44.1 degree celsius yesterday. The maximum temperature in Bhagalpur was recorded at 29.8 degree celsius today while it was 30.5 degree celsius in Purnea. The state weather office forecast possibility of rain in Patna and other parts of the state tomorrow. It predicted that temperature would continue to hover around 38 degree celsius in Patna and Gaya tomorrow.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Centre, states to discuss monsoon, other disaster preparedness

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The government will hold a day- long conference of relief commissioners of all states tomorrow to discuss crisis situations arising out of extreme monsoon conditions and other disaster management preparedness. The meeting, to be chaired by Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi, will review the status of preparedness for dealing with any eventuality arising out of the South-West Monsoon and discuss other disaster management-related issues, an official release issued today said. It is an annual conference being attended by relief commissioners and secretaries of the departments of disaster management of states and Union Territories. Representatives of central ministries concerned, organisations rendering emergency support, technical and scientific organisations associated with forecast, officers of the armed forces and central armed police forces will participate in the meet. The Ministry of Home Affairs, India Meteorological Department, Snow and Avalanche Study Establishment (SASE), Central Water Commission, National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), Indian Space Research Organisation, National Disaster Response Force and Ministry of Defence will make presentations during the meet, it said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Odisha ‘Orange alert’ issued as heat wave intensifies

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Predicting further intensification of heat wave conditions in the state, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMT) on Tuesday issued orange alert, a warning for severe heat wave, across Odisha for next few days. As the temperature rose beyond 45 degrees in five towns and 40 degrees in other 16 places yesterday, the Bhubaneswar met office issued the alert. It is expected that the temperature may breach the 47 degree mark today, however, thundershowers may be experienced by some parts of the state. Bolangir was recorded as the hottest place yesterday with a temperature of 46.2 degree Celsius followed by Jharsuguda with 46 degree Celsius temperature. Misery is added in the lives of the people of the state due to water shortage and power cuts. The state Special Relief Commissioner office informed that by far, it has received complaints of 38 deaths, allegedly caused by sunstroke.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Telangana: Adilabad sizzles at 45.1 degrees Celsius

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Parts of Telangana today continued to reel under intense heat with Adilabad district recording the highest maximum temperature of 45.1 degrees Celsius. As per the India Meteorological Department (IMD) data, Nalgonda district recorded the maximum temperature of 44.6 degrees Celsius, followed by Bhadrachalam with 44 degrees, Ramagundam and Khammam with 43.6 degrees each. The maximum temperature in Hyderabad was 39 degrees Celsius, it said. “Light to moderate rain or thunder showers are very likely to occur at isolated places in Telangana over the next four days,” the IMD said in its forecast.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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