After a sluggish performance last week, the south-west monsoon on Monday brought in moderate to heavy showers across northern states of Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi.
“The rainfall for the country that became at par with normal yesterday (Sunday) due to absence of any significant rain in past few days of July is slated to gain momentum and again turn surplus due to rainy spell expected to prevail during the next few days in north India and parts of east India, including Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal,” private weather forecaster Skymet stated in its latest weather bulletin.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) said in its forecast that heavy rainfall would occur at places in Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh and west Uttar Pradesh. Heavy rainfall would occur at places in Jammu & Kashmir, Punjab, Bihar, West Bengal, Sikkim, Assam, Meghalaya, Goa and coastal Karnataka.
According to IMD, the quantum of average monsoon rainfall across the country during June 1 – July 6 has been 214.4 mm, which is at par with the benchmark of 215.38 mm arrived on the basis of a 50-year average shower.
On the regional distribution, the north-west regions have received 12% excess rainfall than normal benchmark while the central India has received 2% less rainfall than normal. While south peninsula has received 1% less rainfall than normal so far, eastern and north-eastern regions have received 4% less rainfall than normal.
The kharif or summer crop sowing has jumped by more than 57% until last week in comparison to year earlier because of widespread distribution of monsoon rains in June.
According to an agriculture ministry official, although monsoon has slowed down last week, 16% more rainfall than normal benchmark in June has helped boost kharif sowing activities.