East-Central India is going to get pounded by monsoon rains till June 26, and the states of Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha, Chhattisgarh, and Vidarbha are all on high alert.

Now that the southwest monsoon has almost completely covered India’s eastern and central states, the rainfall activity across these regions is expected to surge for the rest of this week, with heavy showers on the horizon. This information was presented on Thursday, June 23, and is current as of the time of publication.

According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), it is anticipated that southerly and southwesterly winds coming in from the Bay of Bengal would dump severe precipitation across East and neighbouring Central India. These winds will be coming in from the direction of Bangladesh.

During the next four days, from Thursday to Sunday, June 23-26, areas in Gangetic West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha, and Chhattisgarh, as well as the Vidarbha subdivision of Maharashtra, will continue to experience fairly widespread rainfall along with thunderstorms and lightning as a result of their influence.

In addition, isolated thunderstorms with heavy rain are forecast for Thursday and Friday over the Vidarbha region, for Friday and Saturday over the Jharkhand region, and for Thursday through Sunday throughout the Bihar, Odisha, and Chhattisgarh regions.

As a result of these forecasts, the IMD has issued a yellow watch over the states that were previously listed for the duration of the four-day forecast period. This watch serves as a warning to the citizens of those states to “be mindful” of the current meteorological condition (especially during heavy rainfall and thunderstorm episodes).

Since the beginning of this week, the region has been experiencing the continuation of the persistent damp period that has been present since the previous week. Even as recently as yesterday, on June 22, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) recorded rainfall in a few locations in the states of Chhattisgarh, Odisha, and Gangetic West Bengal, as well as in a few scattered locations in the states of Bihar and Jharkhand.

The amount of precipitation that has been recorded in these east-central states since the beginning of the monsoon season has, despite the fact that it has been raining and that the start of the monsoon has not been so tardy, stayed below the typical amount.

During the month beginning on June 1 and ending on June 22, the states of Gangetic West Bengal (103.9 mm), Odisha (82.2 mm), Chhattisgarh (74.7 mm), Vidarbha (69 mm), and Jharkhand (68.8 mm) all received lower-than-average amounts of rainfall when compared to their averages for this time period. Bihar, on the other side, is the only state in this region to have had “normal” rainfall with 87.5 millimetres of precipitation.

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