The depression, located near India’s southern tip, will move northwestward into Thursday, bringing showers and thunderstorms along with it.
Since rain began on Tuesday, a total of 12-25 mm (0.50-1.00 inch) is expected through Wednesday, with local amounts up to 50 mm (2 inches).
While the tropical depression will weaken as it moves northward through Thursday and Friday, it will spread showers and thunderstorms along the western coast of southern India during that time.Eventually, the system will turn east and cross India farther to the north late this week, extending the threat for showers and thunderstorms for southern India through Saturday.
Due to this, heavy rainfall activity is expected over some parts of Lakshadweep as well as Kerala region for the next 24 to 36 hours. Along with this, good rainfall activity is also expected to occur over parts of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry. Scattered rains are also likely over some parts of Karnataka during this period.
This rain is both beneficial and a hindrance to those in the area.
On the one hand, the rain will largely benefit the firefighting efforts in the ongoing wildfire areas and will aid in drought relief.
On the other hand, if the rain comes down as tropical downpours, with too much rain at once, the dry ground will not be able to absorb all of the beneficial rain. Instead, there will be flash flooding and a risk for mudslides.
One wildfire that has already left its mark on southern India occurred in the Theni Forest of western Tamil Nadu on Sunday. The raging wildfire killed at least 10 trekkers of the more than 40 that were reported in the area when the fire broke out, according to The Hindu.
Military helicopters were requested to aid rescue efforts due to the rough terrain and dangerous conditions.
While no cause of the fire has been determined, the trekking organizer has been detained by police, according to the Indian Express.