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Weather Warning: Extremely Heavy Rainfall & Flood Alerts in These States

Rain along with strong winds, in many parts of National Capital has brought some relief from the ongoing Heat-waves on Friday evening (July 2) around 5 pm.

Shivam Dwivedi

Delhi Weather:  

Rain along with strong winds, in many parts of National Capital has brought some relief from the ongoing Heat-waves on Friday evening (July 2) around 5 pm. 

The highest temperature on Friday reached at 41.3 degrees Celsius, which is 5 degrees above than normal, but a decrease from the 43.1 degrees Celsius recorded the previous day. The lowest temperature, on Friday morning, was recorded as 27.2 degrees Celsius, two degrees below normal. 

According to the IMD’s forecast on July 2, thunderstorms and rains are likely on Saturday as well, and the temperatures will be in between 26 and 39 degrees Celsius. On 4 July, there is a possibility of thunderstorm with temperature ranging from 27 to 40 degrees Celsius. 

Extremely Heavy Rain Forecast & Flood Alerts

The India Meteorological Department has predicted fairly widespread to widespread rainfall over Bihar, North Bengal, Sikkim and Northeast India for the next 5 days. Isolated extremely heavy rainfall is forecast over Meghalaya and northern districts of West Bengal on July 2 and 3. 

An extended low-pressure area- monsoon trough- persists from Uttar Pradesh to Assam. Due to this, strong moist southwesterly winds from the Bay of Bengal are likely to bring very heavy rainfall, with isolated extremely heavy falls across east and northeast India for the next few days.

Considering this, the national forecaster has kept Sikkim, Assam and Meghalaya under a red warning for Friday and Saturday, while Bihar remains under an orange alert on 2 July. A red warning requests residents and authorities to ‘take action’ to minimize the impacts of adverse weather conditions, while an orange alert recommends them to ‘be prepared’.

The water levels have risen across rivers in eastern India mainly due to the consistent heavy rains over the catchment areas in Nepal, Bihar and northeast India.

As per the Central Water Commission, severe flood situations have been observed in:  Adhwara and Kamala river in Madhubani and Darbhanga districts of Bihar Saharsa districts of Bihar and Koshi river in Supaul  Bagmati river in Sheohar, Sitamarhi, Muzaffarpur districts of Bihar.

Moreover, water levels are also likely to rise up in East and West Champaran, Samastipur, Bhagalpur, Kushinagar, Gopalganj, Madhepura and Katihar districts of Bihar; Jalpaiguri, Coochbihar, and Alipurduar districts in West Bengal as well as Dhubri and Kokrajhar districts of Assam.

According to the prediction by Assam Disaster Management Authority, 2,743 people from Dibrugarh and Dibrugarh districts are affected due to the flooding so far this week. Authorities have set up 3 relief camps so far to shelter the flood victims. 

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