The southwest monsoon on Sunday advanced to parts of parched Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan, boosting kharif sowing in these regions. The rainfall deficiency against what is stated to be normal declined to 16% till Saturday from 24% a week ago.
According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), the monsoon is all set to enter Delhi, Punjab and Haryana within two days. The met department has also predicted “heavy to very heavy” rainfall over coastal Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Konkan & Goa, Telangana, Rayalaseema, coastal Karnataka, Chhattisgarh, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura and Kerala over the next 24 hours.
Besides, the IMD has also warned fishermen against venturing into the sea off the Odisha coast and north coastal Andhra Pradesh.
“The southwest monsoon has further advanced to parts of south Gujarat, west Madhya Pradesh and east Uttar Pradesh and parts of east Rajasthan,” the IMD has said.