Southwest monsoon may reach Delhi next week, two weeks before

Monsoon generally makes an onset over Delhi between June 27 and June 29 (File)

New Delhi:

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Friday that the southwest monsoon is likely to reach Delhi by June 14 – about two weeks ahead of schedule, moving into parts of North Arabian Sea, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. Already happened.

The IMD said that it has also advanced into most of the northern parts of Bay of Bengal and Bay of Bengal.

Delhi used to get its share of monsoon rains from June 29, until the IMD revised the date to June 27.

“Southwest Monsoon has further advanced into some more parts of North Arabian Sea and some more parts of South Gujarat, South Madhya Pradesh & Chhattisgarh regions and most parts of North Bay of Bengal and more parts of Bengal,” the IMD tweeted.

Experts say that a low pressure area that has formed over the north-west part of the Bay of Bengal – in Odisha and adjoining the Bengal coasts of the Ganges – could intensify the monsoon.

Under the influence of that low pressure area, the IMD said, fairly widespread rainfall is likely to occur over most of the eastern parts of the country and adjoining areas of central India from today.

It is very likely to mark a low pressure area and move west-northeastwards across Odisha in the next 24 hours.

Monsoon arrived in India a little late than normal – it reached Kerala on June 3, two days later than normal – but has since swept across the country.

It hit Mumbai on Wednesday (and a day ahead of schedule), causing heavy rains that flooded roads and subways, and disrupted traffic and train services in the city and surrounding areas.

This year the monsoon is moving faster than expected, but it still packs a punch.

Official data indicates that between June 1 and 9, India has recorded more than 20 per cent of the rainfall.

Rain was also high in May – the second highest for that month in 121 years. The figure was probably boosted by Cyclone Tauqta, which swept over the country’s west coast last month.

With input from PTI

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