• INSAT cloud imagery of India on 1 June at 4:45 am.imd.gov.in
  • INSAT cloud imagery of India on 1 June at 4:45 am.imd.gov.in
  • INSAT cloud imagery of India on 1 June at 4:45 am.imd.gov.in

Bringing some respite to the country that has been scorching under the sun in the past few weeks, the Indian Meteorological Department (MeT) has said that India will witness some much needed showers from Monday, 1 June.

The first showers of monsoon this year will be felt in the north western parts of India, where the monsoon is predicted to be arriving on Monday, while the monsoon is expected to arrive in Kerala around 5 June.

The Met had earlier predicted 30 May for arrival of monsoon in Kerala but was delayed due to an anti-cyclone system prevailing in the Arabian Sea, preventing monsoon from heading towards the wet lands of Kerala.

"Our models currently show monsoon is likely to hit Kerala around June 5, with an error of one or two days on either side," IMD lead monsoon forecaster D Sivananda Pai said on Sunday, according to The Times of India.

"There has been high atmospheric pressure over the southern region which is preventing the monsoon from pushing through. The heatwave in parts of the south is also linked to this. The pressure has now weakened, resulting in partial relief from the heat, but hasn't gone away," he added.

Met weather forecast suggests that "thunderstorms have been observed at isolated places over western Himalayan region, Punjab, Haryana & Delhi, West Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Jharkhand, Assam, Meghalaya, West Bengal, Sikkim, Odisha, Konkan, Goa, Madhya Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Telangana, Karnataka, Kerala, Rayalaseema, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Lakshadweep" between 8:30 pm on Sunday to 5:30 am on Monday.

On the other hand, rainfall and thundershowers "occurred at most places over Assam, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh; at a few places over Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Kerala; at isolated places over Uttarakhand, Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh & Delhi, West Bengal & Sikkim, Karnataka and Andaman & Nicobar Islands".

The weather remained dry in central, south and east India, where heat wave condition will prevail until 2 June, after which the searing heat is expected to fade away slowly.

Date Heat Wave Thunderstorm Heavy Rainfall
2 June Vidarbha, Telangana and East Madhya Pradesh. Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh & Delhi, Uttarakhand, West Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Gangetic West Bengal, Chhattisgarh, Vidarbha and Telangana Assam & Meghalaya
3 June Assam & Meghalaya
4 June Sub-Himalayan region, West Bengal, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, Coastal & South Interior Karnataka and Kerala
5 June  Arunachal Pradesh, Assam & Meghalaya

Convective clouds have been seen over some parts of eastern regions, including Arunachal Pradesh, Assam and Meghalaya. Heavy clouds can also been seen in parts of Coastal Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, North Interior Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and other places in the INSAT images.

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