The city of Mumbai has received its much awaited showers with the southwest monsoon steadily advancing over Maharashtra and West Bengal. With the weatherman forecasting a “good week” ahead, the monsoon has made its appearance in Maharashtra’s Mahabaleshwar as well, and several parts of the Konkan region, apart from Bijapur district in north Karnataka, according to the Met department.
India Meteorological Department (IMD) director general K J Ramesh said monsoon is in an “active phase”. He said the low pressure area in the Bay of Bengal 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.
“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.
“Heavy to very heavy rainfall” is also expected at isolated places over Assam and Meghalaya, Konkan and Goa and coastal Karnataka on Monday and “heavy” rains over West Bengal, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura, central Maharashtra, Marathwada and Kerala.
However, the coming of the monsoon has not seen any major change in maximum temperatures over most part of the country during the next 24 hours and the temperature is likely rise by 2-3 degrees Celsius over plains of northwest India thereafter.
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