The south-west monsoon made its way to Bihar, Odisha and West Bengal with rains drenching parts of the three states on June 18. The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) predicted heavy to very heavy rains in Bihar, Gangetic West Bengal, Odisha, Vidarbha, Chhattisgarh, Telangana, coastal Karnataka and Kerala. Heavy rains lashed Kerala and Lakshadweep with several houses suffering damage and trees getting uprooted at many places.
Heavy to very heavy rainfall is most likely to occur at one or two places in the state from June 19 till June 22 morning. Bihar’s northeast part received its first monsoon rains. It is expected to advance to other areas of Bihar in the next three to four days. Monsoon has also set in over some parts of Odisha. The Meteorological Department said heavy rainfall is likely at one or two places over north and southern districts of the state tomorrow. Parts of Gangetic West Bengal also received heavy rains as the monsoon has become active in these areas and is likely to cover the rest of Gangetic West Bengal, including Kolkata, within a couple of days.
However, sultry weather conditions troubled the residents in Delhi that had a high of 39.5 degrees. The minimum in the city was recorded at 25.8 degrees and humidity level between 45 and 86%.