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India: Beneficial Rains Return to Kolkata While Dry Weather Graces Hard-Hit Tamil Nadu

Rain and thunderstorms will become more widespread across northeast India later this week as a fast-moving storm impacts the region.

The monsoon yielded below-normal rainfall across eastern Odisha and Jharkhand and rainfall since October has continued to fall below normal levels.

While much of West Bengal reported above-normal rainfall during the monsoon season, rain since the middle of October has been very spotty with some areas such as Kolkata reporting no rainfall.

A change will come on Thursday as thunderstorms develop from Chhattisgarh into Jharkhand and Odisha before advancing eastward Thursday night and Friday.

Rain will fall across Odisha, Jharkhand and West Bengal Thursday night with lingering rains in eastern Odisha and West Bengal on Friday.

Totals of 12-25 mm (0.50-1.00 inch) will be common with isolated amounts up to 50 mm (2 inches).

This rainfall will be largely beneficial due to the recent dry weather.

Dry weather is expected on Saturday before another fast-moving storm brings additional rainfall on Sunday and Monday.

Meanwhile, southern India will remain largely dry with isolated showers in southern Tamil Nadu into early next week.

This largely dry weather will continue to aid relief efforts across Tamil Nadu following deadly flooding that occurred from October into early December.

Overall, much of India will experience dry weather for the final 10 days of December with only isolated showers in eastern and southern areas.