The southwest monsoon has further advanced over remaining parts of Gujarat and some more parts of Rajasthan, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said. Conditions are favourable for further advance of southwest monsoon over remaining parts of Rajasthan and thus would cover the entire country during the next 23 days, the weather office said.
Monsoon rains were 25% below normal in the week ended July 6, slowing from the 10% above average rains in the previous week, the IMD said on Thursday. The slowing rains reflect a weakness in the monsoon over rice, cotton and oilseeds growing areas of east, west and central India. But the weekly rains were above normal over the cotton and rice growing areas of Andhra Pradesh.
During the week ended July 6, the rainfall was excess/normal in 16 meteorological sub-divisions and deficient/scanty in 20 sub-divisions out of the total 36 meteorological sub-divisions. (Actual: 44.7 mm, Normal: 59.7 mm and Departure: -25%).
Cumulative seasonal rainfall (1st June to 6th July) was excess/normal in 27 meteorological sub-divisions and deficient/scanty in 9 sub-divisions out of the 36 meteorological sub-divisions. (Actual: 217.6 mm, Normal: 215.1 mm and Departure: +1%).
Furthermore, the weather bureau sees fairly widespread to widespread rainfall over west coast, northwest, central and northeastern states during the first half of the week ending July 13. Fairly widespread rainfall would occur over east and northeastern states during the second half of the week.