Rajasthan along with Saurashtra and Kutch regions of Gujarat is likely to receive very heavy rainfall on Monday (August 24).
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a red category warning, stating that these three regions may get rainfall in excess of 20 cm. On Sunday, parts of Gujarat and Rajasthan like Udaipur, Porbander, Kandla etc recorded heavy rain.
IMD’s Monday morning bulletin stated that a low-pressure area is currently lying over central parts of south Rajasthan. It may move towards west Rajasthan during next two days. The development of low-pressure area is responsible for rains during monsoon.
The monsoon trough (line of low pressure) is active and likely to remain so for the next 2-3 days. The associated cyclonic circulation is likely to meander over south Rajasthan neighbourhood region for the subsequent 2-3 days. These conditions are favourable for extremely heavy rain over south-west Rajasthan and Gujarat on August 24.
East and west Rajasthan are likely to get heavy to very heavy rain on August 25 and 26 while it may rain heavily in Saurashtra and Kutch on August 25.
Meanwhile, heavy to very heavy rain is very likely over Odisha from August 24 to 26 with extremely heavy rainfall in some parts of Odisha on August 25; in Gangetic West Bengal during August 25 and 26 and Jharkhand from August 26 and 27.
Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh are likely to record widespread and heavy rain on August 26 and 27.
Rainfall activity is likely to increase over northwest India from August 25. Jammu & Kashmir, Gilgit, Baltistan, Muzaffarabad & Ladakh and Himachal Pradesh are likely to record heavy rain from August 25 to 28 and Uttarakhand to record heavy to very heavy falls during August 25 to 28.
Overall, the country has received 7% excess rainfall so far this monsoon (from June 1). It has been 6% excess over east and northeast India, 14% deficient over northwest India, 13% excess over central India and 26% excess over south Peninsula.