Monsoon likely to be bountiful in MP this year


Chronicle Reporter, Bhopal 

Monsoon is likely to be above normal in Madhya Pradesh this time. There is a possibility of more rain than normal here. According to meteorologist Ved Prakash Singh, as of now, more than 15% rain can be expected in the state this time in June itself. This can be called pre-onset monsoon. Monsoon may set in Bhopal around June 20. During the next 24 hours, Bhopal may receive rain with wind speed of more than 40 kmph. The Meteorological Department has issued a yellow alert for this.

Bhopal received the highest rainfall during the pre-onset monsoon. 53.3 mm of rainfall has occurred in Bhopal from June 1 to the morning of June 9, while the average normal rainfall during this period is 13.9 mm. This is 284% higher than normal. Bhopal is directly affected by the Arabian Sea along with Bengal, while the Upper Lake here as well as other small ponds also cause more rain. According to meteorologist Ved Prakash Singh, the whole of June will remain like this.

According to the information received from the Meteorological Department, from the year 2008 to the last year 2020, the monsoon came only twice on time, while in the remaining years it became active only after June 20. In the year 2012, 13 and 14 monsoon came in July. 

Showers would continue in parts of state 

According to the Meteorological Department, there is a possibility of thunderstorms with strong winds during the next 24 hours in Bhopal. During this, day temperature will be around 39 degrees Celsius and night temperature will be around 23 degrees Celsius. The day temperature will not increase, but the night temperature may rise by about 2 degrees.

On Wednesday the skies became cloudy in the afternoon with drizzle, light r at some places. A day earlier, a strong spell of pre-monsoon showers lashed Bhopal after a hot and humid day. Thick clouds enveloped the city before showers.  

Close to two hours of showers gave respite from the sultry weather, but it left the city streets waterlogged. Lightning and thunder continued in the city till late hours. Main roads had water pools while drains were overflowing in the heavy spell of rain in the city while electricity supply was disrupted for almost two to four hours across different parts of the city. Few other places in the state received showers. Showers with varying velocity would continue in parts of the state in the next few days, said Met officials. 

Officials of the meteorological department Bhopal circle said, the pre-monsoon activity would continue in the state due to moisture incursion. Heating in the day leads to activation of the local system that results in showers, officials added.  

Day temperature in Bhopal on Wednesday was recorded at 39.5 degrees Celsius, a degree less than normal mark, while night temperature in the city was 24.5 degree Celsius, two degrees less than normal mark. 

Highest temperature in the state was recorded in Gwalior at 43.4 degree Celsius. Places that recorded showers between 8.30 am and 5.30 pm in the day were Chhindwara 38 mm, Jabalpur 11.2 mm, Mandla 8 mm, Naogaon 1 mm, Tikamgarh and Shajapur recorded 3 mm each rain while Bhopal city, Khajuraho and Malanjkhand recorded trace of rain. 

In the forecast for Bhopal on Thursday the meteorological officials said, there would be clouding during the evening hours with possibility of thunder, high velocity winds and showers. Day and night temperature would be at 39 degree Celsius and 25 degree Celsius respectively while average wind speed will be 20 kmph. Met’s forecast for the state issued warning of thunder, lightning and high velocity winds for places including Jabalpur, Hoshangabad and Bhopal divisions and for Burhanpur, Khandwa, Khargone, Barwani, Dhar, Indore and Shajapur.