The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a heavy to very heavy rainfall warning for Kerala, coastal Karnataka, Konkan belt and Goa starting June 7 as the Southwest Monsoon continues to gain strength. The IMD said in an alert that there regions could experience ‘possible flooding’ starting June 10. The IMD further said Monsoon was expected to reach Maharashtra and Goa in the next two days.
Even as the IMD alert came, private weather forecaster Skymet said the western coast, especially Mumbai, could witness sustained and heavy rainfall between June 8 and 10. The Monsoon was also expected to advance in parts of Telangana over the next 48 hours.
Monsoon arrived in Kerala on May 29, three days ahead of its schedule. It has also hit some parts of Tamil Nadu, while advancing in southwest, west-central, east-central, northeast of Bay of Bengal, and in most of the northeastern states, the official weather forecaster said.
“Conditions are likely to become favourable for further advance of Southwest Monsoon into some more parts of south peninsula, Bay of Bengal, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and remaining parts of Tripura and some parts of Meghalaya, and sub-Himalayan West Bengal during next 2-3 days with the likely development of favourable circulation features and strengthening of cross equatorial winds.
“Rainfall activity is likely to increase over parts of Maharashtra and Goa states from June 6, leading to advance of Southwest Monsoon over these areas during June 6 to June 8,” the IMD said in a bulletin.
According to M Rajeevan, Secretary, Ministry of Earth Sciences, Monsoon will “strengthen” from June 7 and bring “very heavy rains” and “possible flooding” in Kerala, coastal Karnataka, the Konkan belt, including Mumbai, and Goa from June 10 onwards.
“Monsoon is strengthening. Increased rains expected from 7 June Kerala Coastal Karnataka Konkan & Goa coasts. Very heavy rains & possible flooding from 10th onwards especially coastal Karnataka Konkan & Goa including Mumbai. Details of IMD forecasts. Watch out,” Rajeevan tweeted.
Skymet, meanwhile, has advised the people of Mumbai to stay indoors during the period when Mumbai is expected to witness its first spell of heavy rains. “Sustained heavy raining coming for a week starting on the 6th of June. (June) 8/9/10 can be extremely heavy. Warnings should be issued now. Just stay indoors,” Skymet CEO Jatin Singh said on Twitter.
The private agency said a cyclonic circulation that is forming over Konkan and Goa, will gradually shift north along the Maharahstra coast.
“Mumbai, Dahanu, Thane, Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg could witness heavy to very heavy rains and extremely heavy rains from June 6-10. From June 10-11, Surat, Valsad and adjoining districts of south Gujarat will also receive heavy to very rains,” Mahesh Palawat, vice-president, Skymet, said.
Three people, including two children, lost their lives on Saturday when pre-Monsoon showers hit the financial capital. Mumbai as well as the western coast are prone to very heavy rains.