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Sweltering Heat
Relief on way, says Met office
Vibha Sharma
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 27
The northwest region of the country can expect “substantial respite” from sweltering heat in the coming week. The Met office on Saturday predicted pre-monsoon showers in parts of northwest India, comprising Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Rajasthan, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi, Uttrakhand and Uttar Pradesh, by June-end and beginning of July.

According to latest observations by the IMD, the monsoon further advanced today into entire Vidarbha, remaining parts of Talengana, some more parts of Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Orissa, thereby giving rise to hope that relief from heat was on the way. At present, the northern limit of monsoon is passing through Bhuj, Baroda, Indore, Hosangabad, Rajnandgaon, Cuttack, Balasore, Bankura and Gangtok.

With the advance of monsoon’ northern limit, IMD director SC Bhan says plains of northwest India are likely to experience thundershower activity from the beginning of July. In fact, Bhan is hopeful that Delhi and parts of Punjab, Rajasthan and Haryana may soon witness pre-monsoon showers, followed by monsoon rains.

“Dust storms will bring the temperatures down. The monsoon may reach Delhi and certain parts of the northwest by the first week of July,” Bhan says while confirming that people sweltering in the heat will get “substantial relief” from the heat next week.

It is not just people struggling to cope with delayed monsoon, water level in 81 crucial reservoirs of the country is also in a grim situation. Official data confirms that as many as 21 of the 81 reservoirs in the country are facing acute low levels of storage. Water levels in the essential rivers are also in critical situation.It is felt that water level will go up once the monsoon arrives.There are also fears of decline in production since 60 per cent of the total cultivable area of 140 million hectares in the country is rain fed.

The good news now is that current meteorological conditions and forecasts suggest that rainfall is likely to occur in many places over east and central India which in turn will lead to advance of monsoon over remaining parts of east and central India and also into some parts of northwest India.

As per IMD the monsoon on Saturday further advanced into central India, leading to rainfall in some parts of Madhya Pradesh, Orissa and Chattisgarh. Isolated heavy to very heavy rainfall is also likely over west coast, Assam and Meghalaya and east Uttar Pradesh during next 48 hours. The monsoon completely covered Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh by Saturday and conditions are favourable for its further advance in some more parts of Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Orissa, remaining parts of West Bengal and Sikkim and some parts of Bihar, Jharkhand and East Uttar Pradesh during next two to three days.

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