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Ahmedabad, Surat, Valsad gear up for more Monsoon rains; flooding is a chance

July 4, 2018 3:03 PM |

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Southwest Monsoon arrived over the state of Gujarat on June 24 and by June 29, it covered the entire state before time. Since the arrival, the state has received three good spells.

The very first spell occurred, just the day after the onset of Monsoon that in on June 25 when the southern and coastal pockets of the state recorded heavy to extremely heavy rains, resulting in floods.

The second round of heavy rains occurred on June 29, affecting parts of South Gujarat and Saurashtra. Finally, the last heavy spells observed over Gujarat were on July 2, lashing parts of South and Central Gujarat along with Saurashtra. However, the other parts of the state during this entire time frame have been recording isolated light rains.

On the last day also, most parts of Gujarat along with a few interior stations of the state received moderate to heavy with isolated very heavy rains.


In the span of 24 hours, from 08:30 am on Tuesday, Surat  recorded heavy rains to the tune of 92 mm, Valsad 81 mm, Diu 70 mm, Mahuva 45 mm, Veraval 43 mm, Ahmedabad 14 mm, Kandla 8 mm and Bhavnagar recorded 4 mm of rains.

Until the arrival of Southwest Monsoon over Gujarat, both the regions of the state were highly rainfall deficient, between 80% and 90%.


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However, after the onset, and particularly, after these three spells, the situation eased out and the rainfall deficiency dipped significantly, though remained deficit. As on July 3, Gujarat region is rainfall deficient by 40% meanwhile, Saurashtra and Kutch region are rain deficient by 83%.

As per Skymet Weather, the offshore trough is extending from South Gujarat to Coastal Karnataka. In addition to this, a cyclonic circulation can also be marked over Southwest Rajasthan and adjoining Kutch and Pakistan, resulting in the flow of moist southwesterly winds.

In the wake of these two weather systems, we expect moderate rains along with some isolated heavy showers to continue parts of South Gujarat in regions like Valsad, Veraval and Surat. Flooding is also a chance in these regions. However, light to moderate showers is expected over parts of Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar, Vadodara, Mahuva, Kandla, and Bhavnagar.

On the other hand, most parts of interior Saurashtra and Kutch region along with a few parts of North Gujarat may get light Monsoon rains.

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