Assam heatwave

Guwahati, June 08: As the scorching heatwave continues to grip several parts of the Northeastern region, including Assam, there is some respite on the horizon. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecasted the onset of the monsoon in the next 48 hours, bringing relief to the sweltering heat.

The IMD’s latest long-range weather forecast indicates the presence of a cyclonic circulation over the east-central Bay of Bengal off the Myanmar coast. The circulation extends up to 5.8 km above mean sea level, while the cyclonic circulation over south Chhattisgarh and its neighboring regions has become less marked.

Additionally, the trough in mid-tropospheric westerlies with its axis roughly along Long.82°E and to the north of Lat. 27°N has also become less pronounced.

These weather patterns have created favorable conditions for the southwest monsoon to set in over parts of the northeast region in the next 48 hours, as stated in the IMD’s report.

According to the IMD’s five-day weather forecast, light to moderate rain is predicted at a few places in Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, and Tripura on day 1. Isolated places in Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, and Meghalaya may experience light rain. However, the day temperatures are expected to remain above normal by 4-6°C in some parts of the region.

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On day 2, the IMD predicts light to moderate rain at many places in Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, and Tripura, along with a few places in Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, and Meghalaya. Similar to day 1, the day temperatures are likely to remain above normal in certain areas of the northeast region.

On day 3, Assam and its adjoining states are expected to witness light to moderate rainfall activity at many places, providing much-needed relief from the persistent heatwave.

Days 4 and 5 are also forecasted to bring light to moderate rainfall activity at most places in Assam and other parts of the Northeastern states, bringing respite from the scorching temperatures.

It is worth noting that the Northeastern region, including Assam, has been experiencing severe heatwave conditions for the past few weeks, with temperatures soaring 4°C to 6°C above normal levels.

As the monsoon approaches, people in the affected regions are hopeful that the predicted rainfall will bring relief from the oppressive heat and help alleviate the prevailing weather conditions. The timely arrival of the monsoon will not only provide respite from the heatwave but also contribute to the overall agricultural and ecological well-being of the region.