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Rajasthan's Churu sizzles at 50.80 C as heat wave persists

New Delhi/ Jaipur: Monsoon rains, which usually arrive on the southern tip of Kerala around June 1, are expected to arrive on the country's southern coast on June 6, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Saturday. "At present, monsoon has covered some extreme southern part of Arabian Sea and parts of southwest-southeast-east central Bay of Bengal, Andaman sea and Andaman Nicobar islands. In the next two-three days, it'll cover more parts of the Arabian sea," IMD's M Mohapatra told news agency ANI.

Meanwhile, on Saturday, Rajasthan reeled under intense heat with Churu sizzling at 50.8 degrees Celsius, 9 degrees above normal. Ganganagar, Bikaner, Jaisalmer and Kota recorded maximum temperatures of 49 degrees Celsius, 47.9 degrees Celsius, 47.2 degrees Celsius and 46 degrees Celsius respectively, the MeT department said.

On Friday, the state-run weather office had predicted that the country will see average monsoon rains this year. Monsoon rainfall is expected to be 96 per cent of the long-term average (LPA), the weather office said in a statement. The IMD defines average, or normal, rainfall as between 96 per cent and 104 per cent of a 50-year average of 89 centimetres for the entire four-month season beginning June.

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