A tropical low will continue to drench parts of southern and central India through the end of the week.
Rainfall amounts this week have already totaled 50-150 mm (2-6 inches) across southern India, including areas from Thiruvananthapuram to Cuddalore.
Similar rainfall amounts have occurred in northern and western Sri Lanka, from Colombo northward.
The coastal city of Kochi was inundated by 167 mm (6.57 inches) of rain in 24 hours, ending at 5:30 a.m. Thursday local time (8 p.m. Wednesday EDT).
The low will track across south-central India through Friday night, dropping between 25-75 mm (1-3 inches) of rain along its path. Localized flooding may occur.
This band of rain is expected to cross Hyderabad but will remain north of Bangalore and Visakhapatnam. Showers and thunderstorms will still rattle these latter two cities.
As the tropical low moves inland, rain and thunderstorms will gradually taper off along the southwestern coast of India.
While some towns will experience flooding problems, the rainfall will be beneficial for many areas as an ongoing drought continues across far southern India, where the heaviest rainfall is expected from this storm.
With an oncoming El Nino expected, concerns have risen that a below-normal monsoon could occur across much of India, which would have large impacts on the agriculture of the country.
This pre-monsoon rainfall could be crucial for both the people and agriculture of the region in the long term due to the possible drier-than-normal monsoon across the region in the coming months.
Tropical Depression Two has formed in the Atlantic and could become the next tropical storm of the season by midweek.
Warm and humid air in place over much of the Midwest and Northeast at midweek will contribute to the risk of drenching, gusty and locally severe thunderstorms on Wednesday.
After temperatures briefly climb to typical midsummer levels, another cooldown will roll into the Midwest and expand to the East for the last part of July.
Severe storms will fire up Tuesday afternoon and evening, threatening outdoor activities and travel for many.
Powerful winds, heavy rainfall and dangerous mudslides will threaten Taiwan on Wednesday as Matmo moves across the island.
Minneapolis, MN (1997)
2.69" of rain - a record for the date and the 3rd record broken that month.
Atlantic Ocean (1498)
Christopher Columbus' third voyage. After leaving the Cape Verde Islands, the 4 ships drifted WSW in the equatorial current. "The wind stopped so suddenly and unexpectedly and the supervening heat was so excessive and immoderate that there was no one who dared go below after the casks of wine and water which burst, snapping the hoops of the pipes; the wheat burned like fire; the bacon and salted meat roasted and petrified."
Wasatch National Park, UT (1918)
504 sheep were killed by one lightning bolt.