New Delhi: After a rapid progress since its
onset over Kerala on May 29, there are indications that the
south west monsoon could play truant for a couple of days.
Current observations show that the monsoon system was
expected to remain active for the next few days and was likely
to take a break over the weekend.
In its outlook for the week beginning June 25, the India
Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecast decrease in
rainfall activity over east and central India.
Regions along the west coast and north-east India could
get fairly widespread rains or thundershowers, while rainfall
would be subdued over south interior peninsula, the weather
Before entering into the break phase, monsoon could cover
almost the entire country barring some areas in the north-west
region including western Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, and
Rajasthan. The subsequent weak phase may last for about three
to four days.
Monsoon sets in over Delhi by June 29 and scientists
believe that the capital could witness seasonal rains on time
if the break phase remains brief as envisaged.
For the short term, the IMD forecast that the monsoon was
likely to advance over some more parts of Maharashtra, Madhya
Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh over the next two to three days.
For the first 15 days of the season, the country had
received a rainfall of three per cent more than the normal for
The southern peninsular region led the table with a
rainfall of 46 per cent more than the normal for the region,
while parts of Gujarat and western Rajasthan saw scanty rains.