Southwest monsoon may cover Telangana in three days

A man and his child pull their bike through knee deep water after the heavy rains in Hyderabad that inundated most of the roads in the Old City on Friday as goats take shelter outside an ATM. —INN

Monsoon is on schedule and is expected to hit Mumbai by Saturday, reported The Times of India.

S Hosalikar, deputy director-general, western region, IMD, said that the monsoon has arrived in Mumbai and up to Valsad, also covering parts of central Maharashtra and Marathwada.

The offshore trough, a significant feature off the West Coast that indicates the strength of the monsoon, has come back to life today and lies extended from South Maharashtra coast to North Kerala coast. The latest map supplied by the India Meteorological Department (IMD) shows the northern limit of monsoon 2017 scything through about two-thirds of Karnataka and the balled fist of Andhra Pradesh.

In Karnataka, the monsoon made touchdown last Wednesday, IMD director Sundar Mahadev Metri said, and would cover the whole of the state by the end of the weekend.

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Favourable conditions are developing for its further advance into some more parts of Konkan, Madhya Maharashtra, North Interior Karnataka, some parts of Marathawada, Telangana, Coastal Andhra Pradesh.

"There is also a low pressure area in the Bay of Bengal and this will take the monsoon to several parts of West Bengal". "With all preparations from our side in place, we are hoping for a smooth monsoon", he had said. According to authorities, the district has already received more than 110 mm rainfall since the past week.

The weather office had predicted the season's rainfall to be 96 percent of the long period average (LPA) over northwest India, 100 per cent of LPA over Central India, 99 per cent of LPA over southern peninsula and 96 per cent of LPA over northeast India - all with a model error of plus-minus eight per cent.

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