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Cyclonic storm alert: Rajasthan braces for heavy rains and temperature drop

Rajasthan prepares for cyclonic storm with heavy rains and temperature drop. Farmers concerned. Monsoon arrival uncertain.

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June 17, 2023, 11:01 pm

Cyclonic Storm Alert in Rajasthan

Cyclone to cause rains and temperature drop in Rajasthan from June 15 to June 17

JAIPUR: The Meteorological Center in Jaipur has issued a red alert for an approaching cyclonic storm, expected to impact the region from June 15 to June 17.

Residents of Rajasthan, currently enduring scorching heat, can anticipate relief in the form of cool gusts of wind during the daytime. Heavy rainfall accompanied by stormy winds is forecasted, with a significant drop in temperature of up to 10 degrees.

Speculations are circulating about the monsoon’s arrival in Rajasthan by the final week of June.

The cyclonic storm, currently forming in the Gulf of Arabian Sea, is projected to make landfall in Pakistan on June 15 before progressing towards northeastern Rajasthan.

As it approaches, the storm is expected to weaken and transform into a low-pressure area, resulting in heavy cloud cover and precipitation lasting three to four days. Four divisions of Rajasthan will experience intense rainfall and strong winds, offering much-needed relief from the prevailing heatwave.

In Marwar, where farmers have previously suffered from adverse weather conditions, concerns are rising again.

Unseasonal rains have allowed them to resume fieldwork, but the imminent threat of heavy downpours accompanying the cyclonic storm has raised worries about potential damage to their ongoing efforts. Farmers in Sirohi, Jalore, and Pali districts are particularly apprehensive.

The cyclonic storm is not only anticipated to bring altered weather patterns to Rajasthan but also a substantial decrease in temperature.

With the current mercury levels ranging from 40 to 42 degrees Celsius, temperatures are projected to hover between 30 to 35 degrees Celsius from June 15 to 17. The region’s residents, desperate for respite from the sweltering heat, are eagerly anticipating the onset of the pre-monsoon season.

R.S. Sharma, the Director of the Meteorological Center in Jaipur, emphasized that the heavy rains associated with the cyclonic storm should not be regarded as a precursor to the pre-monsoon showers. The monsoon is progressing slowly, and the timing of the pre-monsoon showers in Rajasthan remains uncertain.

As Rajasthan prepares for the approaching cyclonic storm, residents are urged to take necessary precautions and stay updated with the latest weather advisories. The authorities continue to monitor the situation closely, ensuring the safety and well-being of the population.

First published: June 12, 2023