The monsoon is likely to hit the national capital anytime between June 29 to July 1, bringing relief to Delhiites who are reeling under heat-wave-like conditions.
India Meteorological Department (IMD) and Skymet on Sunday predicted that pre-monsoon showers in the national capital can be expected around June 29.
“The onset of is expected to be between June 29 and July 1 for Delhi. The pre-monsoon showers can be expected around June 27,” IMD Additional Director General Mritunjay Mohapatra said.
Stating that conditions are becoming favourable for pre-monsoon thunderstorm activity over parts of northwest India from June 27, IMD said “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 thundershowers on June 27.”
While monsoon, according to Skymet, is expected to arrive anytime after June 29, Delhi is likely to receive pre-monsoon showers from Monday, June 25.
Skymet Director Mahesh Palawat said that monsoon has revived and started moving towards the north.
“Monsoon has revived and is moving northwards. It has already reached parts of Gujarat, western Madhya Pradesh, Vidharba, Odisha and West Bengal,” Palawat said.
Monsoon rainfall was 19 per cent surplus till first two weeks of June but reduced to a deficit of 4 per cent till June 19.
The overall monsoon deficiency till Saturday (June 23) stood at minus 10 per cent.
Of the four meteorological divisions of the country, only the southern peninsula has recorded 29 per cent more rains. The rainfall deficit was 29 and 24 per cent in the northeast and northwest India respectively.
However, the western coast and parts of Northeastern states continued to receive heavy rainfall activity.
IMD has predicted monsoon showers in Odisha, Bengal, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh in the next 48 hours.
“Parts of Odisha, West Bengal, some parts of Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh, parts of Maharashtra, and east Uttar Pradesh will witness monsoon showers in the next 48 hours,” Mohapatra said.
(With inputs from agencies)