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‘Heavy Rainfall’ Alert Issued for Southern Coastal; Stubble Burning Degrades Delhi-NCR Air Quality

The weather department of India has issued ‘heavy rainfalls’ accompanied with thunderstorms and lightning likely over southern Coastal (peninsular) India during the next 3 days. The Indian Meteorological Department has reported in its morning bulletin, “The Southwest monsoon has further withdrawn from entire north Bay of Bengal, some parts of central Bay of Bengal, entire Odisha, Chhattisgarh, some parts of Coastal Andhra Pradesh, some more parts of Telangana, entire Vidarbha, Marathawada, some parts of North Interior Karnataka, most parts of Madhya Maharashtra, some more parts of Konkan, entire north Arabian Sea and some parts of central Arabian Sea”. 

As per yesterday’s report, most places over Coastal Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, Puducherry & Karaikal, Lakshadweep, Himachal Pradesh, Interior Karnataka, and Coastal Andhra Pradesh & Yanam lashed with heavy rainfall. 

On the other hand, Coastal Andhra Pradesh & Yanam, few places over Kerala & Mahe, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Karaikal and Lakshadweep witnessed thunderstorm and lightning. 

As per the report, maximum temperatures recorded appreciably above normal (3.1°C to 5.0°C) at most places over Konkan & Goa; at few places over Jammu & Kashmir and at isolated places over Assam & Meghalaya.

On the other hand, the minimum temperature was recorded appreciably above normal (3.1°C to 5.0°C) at many places over Andaman & Nicobar Islands; at isolated places over Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu, Puducherry & Karaikal. 

Moreover, a pre-wintery fog prevails all over the national capital including the NCR region. On the other hand, stubble or crop residue burning by the Haryana farmers has to lead to intense pollution across Delhi and Gurgaon altogether although the National Green Tribunal (NGT) had banned crop residue burning in Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Punjab from 2015. The air quality has also degraded during the season compared to the last. 



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