Bountiful monsoon, no sign of withdrawal yet

India has received bountiful rains this season and there are no signs yet of withdrawal of monsoon which promises to bring more showers in eastern and northwest parts of the country.

New Delhi: India has received bountiful rains
this season and there are no signs yet of withdrawal of monsoon which promises to bring more showers in eastern and northwest parts of the country.

The latest data released by the India Meteorological Department shows the country receiving three per cent excess rain, which was fairly widespread with only four of the 36 sub-divisions getting deficient rains.

"Monsoon so far has been 103 per cent of the Long Period
Average," D Sivananda Pai, India`s chief monsoon forecaster
and Director of Pune-based National Climate Centre said.

The rainfall map shows Rajasthan, West Madhya Pradesh,
Saurashtra, Kutch and Diu, Konkan and Goa, coastal Karnatka
and Uttarakhand receiving excess rainfall, while 24
sub-divisions getting normal rains.

However, the south-west monsoon which begins withdrawing
from the country from September one onwards still appears to
be staying put.

"There are no signs of withdrawal yet. Northwest region
will experience a fresh spell of rains during the next two-
three days," B P Yadav, Director, IMD said, adding that
monsoon is expected to remain active over east and adjoining
central India during the same period.

Asked whether there were indications of change in monsoon
pattern as the past six years have witnessed a delay in
withdrawal, both Yadav and Pai maintained that it was "too
less a timeframe" to reach any conclusion.

The monsoon showers are caused by southwesterly winds.
After four months (June to September), these winds change
direction and become north-easterly winds. This triggers
withdrawal of monsoon.

PTI

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