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Monsoon hits Andaman: IMD

Monsoon hits Andaman: IMD
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In a major relief, southwest monsoon has covered the southernmost part of India including the Andaman Sea, Nicobar Islands and parts of the Bay of...

Visakhapatnam: In a major relief, southwest monsoon has covered the southernmost part of India including the Andaman Sea, Nicobar Islands and parts of the Bay of Bengal. According to a statement released by the India Meteorological Department on Sunday, “In view of the strengthening and deepening of southwesterly winds, persistent cloudiness & rainfall, the southwest monsoon has advanced into some parts of southeast Bay of Bengal, Nicobar Islands, entire south Andaman sea and some parts of north Andaman Sea on Sunday.”

The statement further states, “Conditions are favourable for further advance of southwest monsoon into some parts of southwest Bay of Bengal, some more parts of southeast Bay of Bengal, remaining parts of Andaman sea and Andaman & Nicobar Islands and some parts of east-central Bay of Bengal during next 72 hours.”

Earlier this week, IMD had said that the monsoon this year could be ‘normal’ and bring 100 per cent rainfall instead of 96 per cent as predicted earlier. K J Ramesh, the Director General of IMD said, “the recent development on El-Nino indicates that the monsoon could be normal this year and it could reach 100 per cent of the long period average (LPA).”

El Nino is a phenomenon associated with warming of Pacific waters. The initial forecast of the IMD said that the monsoon this year could be 96 per cent of the LPA which is ‘near normal.’Extreme weather conditions in AP

Amaravati: Andhra Pradesh will witness extreme weather conditions in the next three-four days with some parts facing severe heat and some others rain or thundershowers, according to the State Disaster Management Authority. Quoting a forecast issued by ISRO, the SDMA said there could be a rise of 3-4 degrees in maximum temperatures till May 18 in east Rayalaseema, central and south coastal AP under the influence of westerly/northwesterly winds.

Heat wave and very hot weather conditions would prevail in Kurnool, Kadapa, Chittoor, Guntur, Krishna, Prakasam and SPS Nellore districts. The SDMA said light to moderate rain/thundershowers accompanied by gusty winds were likely in Srikakulam, Vizianagaram, Visakhapatnam, East Godavari and West Godavari districts. Rain or thundershowers were also expected in isolated places in Rayalaseema, the SDMA added. The SDMA advised people to take necessary precautionary measures in view of the severe weather conditions.

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