Rain makes South Gujarat entry, drizzle likely in city :
The monsoon rain made a lashing entry in South Gujarat with a heavy downpour drenching Surat and its surrounding towns on Tuesday.Ahmedabad had another humid day, a prelude to the coming monsoon. Meteorologists said that the city, which experienced recordbreaking heat this year, is likely to see a drizzle on Wednesday.
Apart from South Gujarat, places in Saurashtra also got light to moderate rainfall on Tuesday. However, the onset of the monsoon in Gujarat was not declared on Tuesday by the India Meteorological Department (IMD).
Jayant Sarkar, director of IMD, Gujarat, said that the decision on declaring the onset of monsoon in Gujarat will be taken on Wednesday. “Today, we did not declare the onset as there was no heavy rainfall and we must also consider the wind direction before declaring it,“ Sarkar said.
According to the IMD website, an upper air cyclonic circulation was active over south-west Madhya Pradesh and the adjoining regions of Gujarat. “The cyclonic circulation has weakened and will not have an impact on the arrival of the monsoon in Gujarat,“ said Sarkar.
According to IMD, Surat was lashed by pre-monsoon showers. Surat city on Tuesday had a heavy downpour and registered 36 mm of rain. Kamrej taluka of Surat district recorded 69 mm of rainfall whereas Utchal and Nizar in Tapi district recorded 40 mm and 29 mm respectively.
Many other towns continued to see hot and humid conditions. Kandla was the hottest place in the state with a 39.9 degrees celsius maximum temperature.
In Ahmedabad, the cloudy weather ameliorated the heat -the maximum temperature was around 39°C -but increased the humidity. This increased the discomfort of citizens who are eagerly awaiting the rains.
The meteorological centre here said that the city will likely witness a cloudy sky with a light drizzle on Wednesday.
According to the met centre’s forecast, light to moderate rain or thundershowers are very likely to occur at a few places in districts of the Gujarat region.
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