Pre-monsoon showers, seen offering heat relief, likely to begin early May

In parts of Gangetic Bengal, Odisha, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Vidarbha and Chhattisgarh, temperatures are likely to fall during the first 10 days of May


So far, pre-monsoon rainfall has been 8% below normal across India. Photo: Reuters
So far, pre-monsoon rainfall has been 8% below normal across India. Photo: Reuters

New Delhi: Rainfall in early May is expected to offer relief from the heat and improve soil moisture, according to India Meteorological Department (IMD).

“There may be temporary relief in the form of showers in the first few days of May. This may help regain some of the soil moisture,” said a senior IMD official on Friday.

In parts of Gangetic West Bengal, Odisha, Jharkhand, east Madhya Pradesh, north Chhattisgarh and Vidarbha, temperatures are likely to decline during the first 10 days of May.

So far, pre-monsoon rainfall has been 8% below normal across India, with Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, East Rajasthan,West Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Central Maharashtra, Telangana, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Bihar and Gangetic Bengal being badly hit.

IMD has forecast pre-monsoon rainfall in the first five days of May. Above normal rainfall is expected in the western Himalayan region and the northeast, while normal rainfall is expected in the rest of the country. The extreme southern peninsula will also receive above normal rainfall for a few days after May 10.

Private forecaster Skymet Weather Services has also predicted a pick-up in pre-monsoon rain and thundershowers from 2 May onwards, leading to abatement of the heatwave in most parts of the country.

“The much-needed activity is likely to continue for a week but on and off rains will go on till the first half of May. Thereafter, it will remain confined to northern and southern parts of the country,” said Skymet’s website on Friday.

Meanwhile, the highest temperature recorded in the plains was 45.3°C at Bhubaneshwar, Odisha.

With 256 districts reeling under a drought, below normal rainfall over most parts of the country has deepened the water crisis in the country.