The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a warning that strong Southwest Monsoon conditions are likely to prevail over coastal Maharashtra and the whole west coast, bringing very heavy to extremely severe rainfall during the next five days.
Rajasthan, Gujarat, and Madhya Pradesh will also see increased rainfall in the coming days.
This season saw Maharashtra’s rainfall slip into the ‘normal’ category for the first time. Since June 1, the state has gotten 227.9 mm of rain. Statistically, this is 12% less than the state’s seasonal average through July 5, but the IMD considers this deficiency to be within the normal rainfall range.
There is a low-pressure area present over central Madhya Pradesh. An off-shore trough runs between Gujarat and Maharashtra, and the monsoon trough is currently running below its normal position and lastly, there are strong westerly winds blowing from the Arabian Sea over to Maharashtra.
As per IMD’s latest weather forecasts, Konkan and Madhya Maharashtra remain onÂ ‘red’ alertÂ (take action) till July 8.
The IMD has placed Konkan and Madhya Maharashtra under ‘red’ alert till Friday, whereas an ‘orange’ alert has been issued for Saturday. Goa, coastal Karnataka, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand are also under ‘orange’ alert on Wednesday.
For July 9, a warning has been issued for Rajasthan, Gujarat, Konkan, Madhya Maharashtra, Vidarbha and Odisha.