With the monsoon remaining active over many parts of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Karnataka, Gujarat, West Bengal, Odisha and Jharkhand on Sunday, and the India Meteorological Department (IMD) and private weather forecaster Skymet predicting more rains in the next few days, the overall deficit in rains is expected to decline further.
“The rain or thundershower would occur at few places over northern plains, west, north-east and peninsular India in the next couple of days,” IMD said in the latest weather bulletin.
Skymet said that moderate to heavy rainfall is expected in western MP, southeast Rajasthan, east Gujarat, Mizoram and Tripura. Besides, fairly widespread light to moderate rain, with isolated heavy showers at some places, is likely in West Bengal region, Konkan and Goa, coastal Karnataka, Jammu and Kashmir, and Uttarakhand, Meanwhile, the overall deficit in the monsoon across the country till Sunday has been 6% below the normal benchmark. This augurs well for kharif sowing as rainfall deficit so far in the range of normal shower.
The area under various kharif crops – rice, pulses and oil seeds — rose by 26% till last week in compared to last year mostly aided by favourable rains so far.
According to IMD, the quantum of average monsoon rainfall across India during June 1-July 25 has been 372.3 mm, 6% less than the the benchmark of 395.9 mm arrived on the basis of a 50-year average shower.