Respite as Gujarat sees light and scattered rains

The active southwest monsoon which has brought incessant rains to Gujarat for the past 10 days has subsided bringing scattered light rains on Sunday.

Bhabhar in Banaskantha and Anjar in Kutch recorded the highest of 14mm in 12 hours ending 6pm on Sunday. Petlad in Anand recorded 12mm followed by Khergam (10mm) in Navsari, one of the worst affected districts.

According to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) forecast, while heavy rains are expected in Banaskantha, Sabarkantha, Chhota Udepur and Narmada districts on Monday, light to moderate rains are expected in a few places till July 22.

The city of Ahmedabad also recorded scattered rainfall of 3.42mm till Sunday evening. The city is forecasting light to moderate rainfall for Monday.

So far this monsoon season, according to rainfall data kept by the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC), Gujarat has recorded 56.81% of the season’s rainfall.

Among the regions, Kutch has already crossed 100% with 102.47% average rainfall, South Gujarat 72.67%, Saurashtra 57.19% and Central East 44.27%. The northern region of Gujarat received the lowest average rainfall with only 31.63%.

On Sunday, high temperatures across the state remained between 30 and 34 degrees Celsius.

While Bhavnagar recorded the highest maximum temperature of 33.6 degrees Celsius, it was followed by Surendranagar at 33.5 degrees Celsius, Vadodara at 33.2, Kandla Port at 33, Ahmedabad 32.9, Amreli 33.2, Rajkot 32, Deesa 31.8, Gandhinagar and Kandla airport 31.5 Porbandar and Keshod 31.2, Surat and Valsad at 31 each, Naliya 30.8, Bhuj 30.7, Dwarka 30.4 and Veraval 30 degrees Celsius.

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