Depression in Arabian Sea may bring heavy rain across west coast: Met



A depression has developed over Arabian Sea and is likely to turn into “deep depression”, bringing in winds and heavy rains to Maharashtra and Gujarat, said meteorological department, on 23 June.

The weather office has warned fishermen not to venture out into the sea for the next two days, as the conditions there would be very rough.

Depression is noted in the early stages and at the end of cyclonic storm. However, not all depressions end as storms. Such a phenomenon also affects the progress of monsoon, the department said.

However, the US Navy’s meteorologists said there was a “moderate” chance that the clouds over the Arabian Sea could turn into a cyclone.

“Wind speeds reaching 45 to 55 kmph gusting to 65 kmph are likely along and off Gujarat and north Maharashtra coast during the next 24 hours,” said the weather office. 

Meanwhile, the monsoon has delivered this year’s heaviest single-day rainfall, which has raised the total rainfall so far to 21% above normal.

The upwards trend may continue at least till this month-end, proving to be a boon for farmers.

Mrutunjay Mohapatra, Chief, Indian Meteorological Department, said, from June 27 to 29, rains were to continue at most places along the west coast and south Gujarat, with isolated heavy rainfall.

He said, conditions are favourable for further advancement of southwest monsoon, in the next three days. In the next 24 hours, he forecast very heavy rainfall at Chhattisgarh, Himachal Pradesh, Maharashtra, Jharkhand, J&K, Madhya Pradesh and Uttarakhand.


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