THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, JUNE 10 :
The West coast is bracing for the biggest yet push since the onset of the monsoon as huge banks of cloud hung menacingly off the Goa-Mangaluru coast in the North and Kochi-to-Nagercoil in the South.
An India Met Department has forecast heavy to very heavy rain at a few places over coastal Karnataka, South interior Karnataka, Konkan-Goa, and Kerala later today.
Satellite pictures around noon show clouds having penetrated into the interior of the peninsula and are hovering above Panjim, Belgavi, Hubli and Bellari in Karnataka; Kolhapur, Vijayapura, Solapur, Satara, Beed, Pune, and Navi Mumbai in Maharashtra; and Anantapur, Kadapa, Vijayawada, Guntur, Bhimavaram and Rajahmundry in Andhra Pradesh.
The US Climate Prediction Centre sees the rain advancing to the East across the peninsula during the week ending June 15.
Heavy to very rain has been forecast by the US agency for Konkan-Goa and the Northeastern states along with parts of Gangetic West Bengal during this phase.
The week that follows (June 16 to 22) would once again witness a monsoon flare-up over coastal Karnataka again, followed by Konkan-Mumbai, according to extended forecasts by the agency.
An expansive run of the monsoon during the week would push rains into entire Central and East India (Central and East Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Jharkhand and Bihar) and even North-West India (Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Haryana, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh and North Rajasthan).
Rains are, however, forecast to be normal over Bihar, Jharkhand and parts of Chhattisgarh during this phase. The rest of the areas mentioned above should see above normal rains.
Source : BusinessLine