IMD issues heatwave alert for certain states, others likely to see excess rain. Know more
The IMD has warned of heatwave conditions in Bihar, West Bengal, Jharkhand, Odisha, Telangana, and parts of Uttar Pradesh. Meanwhile, other parts of the country are slated to see hailstorms and excessive rain. Cyclone Biparjoy is expected to bring heavy rainfall to the western coast.
The India Meteorological Department said heatwave conditions would prevail over certain parts of the country this week. The development came even as southwest monsoon set in over Kerala on Thursday - following the longest delay in seven years - and the western coast braced for a cyclone.
But even as eastern India reels under extreme heat conditions, other parts of India have seen hailstorms and excessive rain. The IMD warned on Thursday afternoon that hailstorms could occur in isolated places in Uttarakhand on June 11 and 12.
Meteorologists attributed the excess rainfall and below-normal temperatures this pre-monsoon season (March to May) to higher-than-usual western disturbances -- weather systems that originate in the Mediterranean region and bring unseasonal rainfall to northwest India.
Meanwhile the western coast of India is slated to receive heavy rainfall over the weekend as Cyclone Biparjoy gains momentum. Meteorologists had earlier said that the storm was impacting the intensity of the monsoon and that its onset over Kerala would be "mild".
(With inputs from agencies)
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