Guwahati: If you are tired of the never-ending heat in Assam and other parts of northeast India, have hope. With the arrival of monsoon in Kerala on Thursday, the Regional Meteorological Centre (RMC), Guwahati, has forecast heavy rainfall across most parts of northeast India, including Assam, within the next 48 hours, bringing a much-need respite to a region reeling under high temperature and humidity.

According to the Meteorological department, heavy to very heavy rainfall, thunderstorm with lightning and gusty winds are forecast over the northeast region over the next five days. This is the due to the strong low-level southerly and south-westerly winds bringing increased moisture from the Bay of Bengal to Northeast India.

“The monsoon has onset over Kerala today (June 8) and it will likely further advance into some parts of Northeast India in the next 48 hours. The rainfall is expected to increase over the region during the next five days,” Dr Sanjay O’Neill Shaw, Deputy Director General of Meteorology at the Regional Meteorological Centre, Guwahati, told EastMojo.

The Met department has predicted moderate to isolated heavy rainfall with thunderstorms and lightning for Arunachal Pradesh between from June 8 to June 12. Assam and Meghalaya are likely to experience light to moderate rainfall at a few places on June 8. Heavy rainfall is expected to occur in these states along with thunderstorms and lightning at isolated places.

In Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura, light to moderate rainfall is expected at most places with isolated heavy rainfall. The region might also experience thunderstorms with gusty winds (30-40kmph) at isolated places on June 8 and June 9, the Met department said. However, from June 10-June 12, light to moderate rainfall with heavy rainfall is expected to occur in these states along with thunderstorms and lightning at isolated places.

“The moisture incursion due to strong low-level southerly/south-westerly winds from the Bay of Bengal to Northeast India is very likely during the next 5 days. Under its influence fairly widespread rainfall activity with heavy to very heavy rainfall, thunderstorm with lightning and gusty winds is very likely to occur over the northeast region during the next five days,” Shaw added.

With the change in the weather, visibility may become poor due to intense spell of rainfall leading to traffic congestion, the IMD has warned.

“There might be temporary disruption of traffic due to water logging in roads, uprooting of trees, breaking of tree branches leading to increased travel time and uprooting of trees may cause damages to power sector. There is also possibility of damages to vulnerable structures and flash floods due to heavy to very heavy rain. Also, water logging, flooding in many parts of low lying areas, landslides are very likely to occur. Lightning may also injure people and cattle in open areas,” the IMD has warned.

“Conditions are favourable for advance of Southwest monsoon in some parts of North-Eastern states of India during next 48 hrs,” RMC, Guwahati said on Twitter on Thursday.

The RMC has also issued a warning that the region might experience heavy to very heavy rainfall with lighting and gusty wind.

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Earlier today, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) announced that the southwest monsoon hit India on Thursday with its onset over Kerala, a week later than normal. It further added that the monsoon has advanced into the remaining parts of the country, including some more parts of southwest, central and northeast Bay of Bengal today.

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