NEW DELHI: The southwest monsoon reached Maharashtra and covered all of Odisha on Saturday, while light rain occurred in parts of north India, bringing the mercury down as the weatherman predicted that heatwave is unlikely in the region till June 15.
In the national capital, cloudy skies and light rains made way for a pleasant weather. Cool, high-velocity winds also swept across the city.
The Safdarjung Observatory, which provide representative figures for the city, recorded a maximum of 39.4 degrees celsius, which is normal for this time of the year.
There is a possibility of light rains along with winds gusting up to 40 kilometers per hour in the city on Sunday.
The maximum and minimum temperatures are expected to settle at 39 and 30 degrees celsius, the weather department said.
The region is not likely to witness a heat wave till June 15, said Kuldeep Srivastava, the head of the regional forecasting centre of the India Meteorological Department.
In Rajasthan, the mercury dropped by one to two degrees Celsius in many cities.
Churu was the hottest place in the state with a maximum temperature of 43.1 degree celsius, followed by 43 degrees celsius in Jaisalmer, 42.4 degrees celsius in Bikaner, 41.8 degrees celsius in Kota and 40.3 degrees celsius in Sriganganagar.
Minimum temperature at most of the places was recorded between 25.1 and 32.4 degrees celsius, the meteorological (MeT) department said.
Rain or thundershowers are likely to occur in parts of the state over the next 24 hours, it said.
The neighbouring Haryana and Punjab, the maximum temperature hovered close to normal limits, with their common capital Chandigarh receiving a sharp spell of rain in the afternoon.
Chandigarh recorded a maximum of 37.8 degrees celsius, down one notch against normal limits, according to the Met department.
In Haryana, Hisar was the hottest place with a high of 41 degrees celsius. Ambala recorded a maximum of 38.2 degrees celsius, Karnal 38.2 degrees celsius and Narnaul 38 degrees celsius.
Amritsar in Punjab recorded a maximum of 39.6 degrees Celsius, Patiala 38 degrees Celisus and Ludhiana 37.9 degrees.
Monsoon has arrived in most parts of Maharashtra with many places, including Mumbai, receiving rainfall on Saturday, an IMD official said.
The Colaba weather station in Mumbai received 1.5 mm rainfall between 8.30am and 5.30pm on Saturday, while the Santacruz bureau reported 2.1 mm rainfall during the same period. The Chikalthana weather bureau in Aurangabad reported 29 mm rainfall during this time span.
Monsoon is expected to cover the rest of Maharashtra in the next 24 hours, the official said.
The Regional Meteorological Centre in Mumbai issued a warning at 5:30 pm, predicting occurrence of “thunderstorm accompanied with lightning, intense spells of rain and gusty winds reaching 30-40 kmph” at isolated places in the districts of Mumbai, Palghar, Hingoli, Parbhani and Jalna in the next few hours.
“Monsoon has arrived in most parts of Maharashtra. (Today) rainfall was reported in Harnai (in Ratnagiri) in Konkan, Ahmednagar in central Maharashtra, Aurangabad in Marathwada and Gondia in Vidarbha. In the next 24 hours, the rest of Maharashtra is expected to be covered,” he said.
In Odisha, monsoon covered all 30 districts.
“As the conditions were favourable for its further movement, the south-west monsoon has advanced into the remaining parts of Odisha today, and thus it has now covered the entire state,” a Met official said
The movement of the monsoon was facilitated to a great extent by a low pressure area formed over east-central Bay of Bengal, he said.
According to the IMD forecast, the monsoon this year is likely to be normal (around 103 per cent) over the central India, where Odisha is located. Farming activities are expected to get a boost with normal monsoon rain.
Meanwhile, the low pressure area over north coastal Andhra Pradesh and adjoining coastal Odisha and neighbourhood has become less marked, he said.
Under the influence of monsoon flow, light to moderate rain or thundershower at many places with isolated heavy rainfall is likely to continue over the districts of Odisha in the subsequent four days, it said.