Monsoon prone to be regular in second half of season: IMD

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New Delhi: July ended with a 10-per cent rainfall deficiency however monsoon is prone to be regular within the second half of the four-month rainfall season, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) mentioned on Friday (July 31).

IMD director normal Mrutyunjay Mohapatra mentioned the month of July ended with a 10-per cent rainfall deficiency, principally as a consequence of low rains in elements of north and central India.

The IMD had predicted that July will get rainfall that’s 103 per cent of the Long Period Average (LPA), which falls within the “normal” class. June had acquired 17 per cent extra rainfall than regular.

In its Long Range Forecast for rainfall within the second half (August-September) of the 2020 Southwest Monsoon, the IMD mentioned August is prone to obtain rainfall that’s 97 per cent of the LPA with an error margin of plus/minus 9 per cent.

“Quantitatively, the rainfall over the country as a whole during the second half of the season is likely to be 104 per cent of the LPA with an error margin of plus/minus eight per cent,” it mentioned.

The LPA rainfall over the nation for the 1961-2010 interval is 88 centimetres.

Monsoon within the vary of 96-104 per cent of the LPA is taken into account regular. The official rainfall season within the nation is from June 1 to September 30.

The onset of monsoon over Kerala was on June 1 and till July 31, the nation had acquired regular rainfall.

The northwest division of the IMD has an 18-per cent deficiency. It contains Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Haryana and the Union territories of Chandigarh, Delhi, Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh. The deficiency in Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh is 49 and 61 per cent respectively. Delhi has additionally recorded a 24-per cent deficiency.

The central India division has a four-per cent deficiency. The division contains Goa, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Odisha and the Union territories of Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu. The two Union territories have recorded poor rainfall.

Mohapatra mentioned deficiencies in north and central India shot up in July as a number of elements in east Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, west Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Chhattisgarh, Odisha and Jharkhand obtained much less rainfall.

“But a low-pressure area will bring rainfall over these areas and the deficiency will come down,” he mentioned.

The south peninsula meteorological division of the IMD has acquired 12 per cent extra rainfall than regular. The division covers Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Kerala, Karnataka and the Union territories of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep and Puducherry. Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Telangana and Puducherry have acquired extra rainfall. Kerala has recorded poor rainfall.

The east and northeast India division has additionally recorded 12 per cent extra rainfall. The division contains West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand and the northeastern states. Meghalaya and Bihar have witnessed extra rainfall. However, the rainfall has been poor in Nagaland, Manipur and Mizoram.