Two women make their way through heavy rains in Mumbai (Photographer: Santosh Verma/Bloomberg News)

IMD Says Monsoon Is Likely To Reach Central And North India This Week

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has said that monsoon has revived and is making a steady advance towards central and northern parts of the country.

Conditions are becoming favourable for pre-monsoon thunderstorm activity over parts of northwest India from June 27, IMD's Additional Director General Mritunjay Mohapatra said. Central India and the north Indian plains, that have been witnessing a rise in temperatures, are likely to get some relief in the next two to three days.

IMD revealed that less than 25 percent of the country received normal or excess rains till now. However, the monsoon is still expected to hit Delhi on June 29, its normal onset date for the national capital.

After making an early arrival on May 29, the Southwest Monsoon battered the coastal parts of Kerala, Karnataka, Maharashtra and south Gujarat.

Overall monsoon deficiency till Saturday stood at minus 10 percent. Of the four meteorological divisions of the country, only the southern peninsula recorded 29 percent more rains. The rainfall deficit was 29 and 24 percent in east-northeast and northwest India respectively.

The monsoon has revived from June 23. It has today advanced to Gujarat’s Saurashtra (region), Veraval, Ahmedabad, and Maharashtra’s Amravati. On the eastern side, it has covered the entire Assam, reached Jalpaiguri in north West Bengal and Midnapore in south West Bengal. The North Indians plains will receive pre-monsoon thunder showers on June 27.
Mritunjay Mohapatra, Additional Director General, IMD 

In the next 48 hours, the remaining parts of Odisha, West Bengal, some parts of Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh, remaining parts of Maharashtra, and east Uttar Pradesh will witness monsoon showers, he added.