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Monsoon Rains Turn Patchy, To Pick Up Later This Month

India has to date obtained 7 per cent above common rainfall since June 1: IMD official

New Delhi:

Monsoon rains, which turned patchy within the first week of September, will choose up within the second half of the month, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) stated on Monday.

India has to date obtained 7 per cent above common rainfall since June 1, when monsoon arrived on Kerala coast, stated Mrutyunjay Mohapatra, director-general of the IMD.

The IMD defines common, or regular, rainfall as between 96 per cent and 104 per cent of a 50-year common of 88 cm for the whole four-month season starting in June.

Higher rains within the latter a part of September will make up for the shortfall within the first half of the month, and cumulative rainfall throughout the whole season might be in step with IMD’s earlier forecast, Mr Mohapatra stated.

In its revised forecast issued on June 1, IMD stated the nation was more likely to obtain above common monsoon rains for the second straight yr in 2020.

After arriving on June 1, the monsoon coated the whole nation by June 26, practically two weeks sooner than regular, spurring crop sowing.

India obtained 17 per cent above common rains in June, however July rains had been 10 per cent beneath common. The monsoon once more picked up in August, delivering 27 per cent above common rains.

Monsoon rains had been 31 per cent beneath common within the week to September 2.

Rains have been evenly distributed throughout India. Of the 36 meteorological subdivisions within the nation, the monsoon has been both common or above common in 33 this yr, Mr Mohapatra stated.

“Rains are likely to gather momentum later this month, but as of now we haven’t made an assessment when the monsoon will start withdrawing,” he stated.

The IMD treats dry climate circumstances for 5 straight days in western India to be the first criterion signifying the retreat of the monsoon.


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