Heavy Rain and Thunderstorms forecast over Tamil Nadu, Kerala and South Interior Karnataka

Southwest monsoon has withdrawn its path from remaining portions of East Uttar Pradesh, East Madhya Pradesh, some areas of Bihar, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Telangana, north interior Karnataka and Maharashtra.  In the meantime, a north-south trough that crosses Gangetic West Bengal and extends from Sub-Himalayan West Bengal to north-central Odisha may cause light to moderate showers in several locations over Sub-Himalayan West Bengal and Sikkim during the next 24 hours.  Additionally, some areas of Northeast India are predicted to see moderate rainfall during the following two to three days.  An east–west trough that crosses Tamil Nadu from Rayalseema to the Comorin region may produce light to moderate rains with isolated heavy downpours, thunderstorms, and lightning at some locations over Tamil Nadu, South Interior Karnataka, and Kerala.  A new western disturbance is anticipated to strike the Western Himalayan Region in next 3-4 days.  Under influence of this system, light precipitation is expected in some areas over Jammu and Kashmir, Gilgit-Baltistan, Muzaffarabad, Himachal Pradesh, and Uttarakhand during next 2-3 days.  No significant weather activity over rest of the country. Advisory to farmers: • In present weather condition, constant monitoring for brown plant hopper (BPH) in paddy field is advised. • In case of blast disease infestation in paddy, top dressing of Nitrogenous fertilizer application is not advisable. • Cotton picking is advisable. • It is recommended to check for fruit and shoot borer attack in brinjal, and spray 80 ml Coragen 18.5 SC or 80 g Proclaim 5SG in 100-125 litres of water per acre. • Paddy farmers are advised to harvest their crop soon after maturity, and start preparing the land for Rabi sowing. • Farmers of Punjab, Haryana UP and MP etc., are advised to prepare land for sowing of Wheat, Mustard and other rabi crops like potato and chickpea.

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