Northeast Weather Forecast: Intense monsoon activity is set to resume over Northeast India with heavy rainfall forecast across the region starting Friday, July 16. Isolated heavy to very heavy rainfall has been forecast for Arunachal Pradesh, Assam and Meghalaya from Friday to Sunday.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) said widespread rainfall with isolated heavy rains is likely over the Northeast on Friday, July 16, and is expected to further intensify over the weekend with isolated very heavy rainfall between July 17-19.

The Weather Channel has reported the likelihood of isolated heavy to very heavy rainfall over Arunachal Pradesh, Assam and Meghalaya from Friday to Sunday. On Monday, the precipitation intensity is likely decrease to isolated heavy showers.

The Met department has also placed an orange alert over the states during this period, with the advisory urging residents to ‘be prepared’ for rough conditions.

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During the forecast period, Northeast states of Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura are expected witness isolated heavy rainfall. The Met department has accordingly issued a yellow watch over these four states and advised residents to ‘be aware’ of the local weather situation.

The intense wet spell over the Northeast will arrive after a week-long lull as the second week of July saw the monsoon shift its focus onto the northwestern, central and wester-southwestern parts of India.

Since the beginning of the monsoon period on June 1, however, the overall precipitation over the Northeast Indian states has been below average. Between June 1 and July 14, only Assam (637.5 mm) and Meghalaya (1267.9 mm) recorded ‘normal’ rains as compared to their respective average figures for this period. On the other hand, Arunachal Pradesh (543 mm), Tripura (509.1 mm), Mizoram (444.1 mm) and Nagaland (332.4 mm) registered ‘deficit’ rainfall, while Manipur (220.5 mm) experienced ‘large deficit’ precipitation.

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