Heat wave had gripped many parts of the country for the past few days and most parts of north central as well as some parts of South India were also recording temperatures above the 40° mark.
However, due to multiple systems affecting various states, yesterday was the rainiest day of the Pre Monsoon season across most states of India. Highest rains were observed in Gangtok in Sikkim at 39 mm followed by Shimoga in Karnataka recording 32 mm, and Qazi Gund in Jammu and Kashmir at 23 mm.
During the last 24 hours, many states received Pre Monsoon showers including the states of Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Telangana, Karnataka, Goa, Kerala, Sikkim, Assam, Meghalaya, Tripura, and Manipur.
This spread of rains across the country was due to various reasons. Over the Northern region, it was the Western Disturbance along with the induced Cyclonic Circulation. For eastern parts and Northeast India, the anti Cyclone in the eastern parts was sending in a lot of southeasterly moist winds causing rains. For the South, it was the Cyclonic Circulation across the Equatorial Indian Ocean resulting in rainfall activities.
Rain belt has shifted now and today, rains will be seen over eastern parts and parts of Central India. Mostly, rains will be confined to Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Odisha, West Bengal along with Northeast India.
Due to these rains, heat wave conditions have abated most parts of the country, particularly over Central and North India. However, after 48 hours, heat will pick up.