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A tiger enters water to get relief from increasing heat at Patna zoo on June 14, 2024. Photo: Aftab Alam Siddiqui

Relief from Heatwave in Bihar: Monsoon Expected to Bring Heavy Rain Within Days

By Neeraj Kumar

Patna: The rising temperatures and heatwave in Bihar have been a cause for concern, but relief is on the way. The impact of the monsoon is expected to be felt in Bihar within the next two to three days, with heavy rains forecasted within four to five days. The Meteorological Department has issued a forecast indicating this development.

The weather conditions are rapidly evolving to facilitate the advance of the monsoon. According to the IMD report, the monsoon has stalled near Bihar’s eastern border, currently active in Islampur, West Bengal. The monsoon will enter Bihar from there, potentially providing relief from the heat as early as Monday. The Meteorological Department has predicted a decrease in temperature by June 16-17 due to the anticipated rains.

However, an increase in heat has been recorded over the past two days. As of June 14, Buxar was the hottest district with a temperature of 49.9 degrees Celsius. Other districts such as Pusa, Forbesganj, Patna, Munger, Banka, Nalanda, Jamui, and Dehri of Samastipur also experienced temperature increases. Conversely, other districts saw a decrease in temperature.

A tiger is cooling in a pond to get respite from the increasing temperature at Patna Zoo on June 14, 2024. Photo: Aftab Alam Siddiqui

The Meteorological Department has forecasted both heat and rain for the next 24 hours, with a deadly heatwave expected in South-West Bihar and potential rain in the Kosi Seemanchal area, including Araria and Kishanganj. An alert has been issued for both heatwaves and thunderstorms with rain.

According to the IMD, the state’s temperature is expected to decrease from June 16-17 as the monsoon enters Bihar via West Bengal. The weather has been pleasant over the past 48 hours in Kishanganj and Purnia districts, adjacent to West Bengal, with light rain occurring continuously, increasing cloud cover. Therefore, the monsoon is expected to reach Bihar around June 17.

The Meteorological Department predicts light to moderate rain in some North Bihar districts within the next 24 hours, including Kishanganj, Purnia, Araria, Supaul, Saharsa, Madhepura, and Katihar. This will likely result in a temperature drop of 2 to 4 degrees over the next few days, providing much-needed relief from the heat.

The author is a Patna based journalist 

 

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