As India marks the official end of Southwest Monsoon Tuesday, it is left with a -12 per cent rain shortfall after a third of its territory witnessed deficient precipitation during the wet season.
With monsoon picking up momentum, government allayed apprehensions about deficit in rainfall, saying things are looking a "little more optimistic" and a drought-like situation is unlikely.
Monsoon showers continued to lash several parts of north India bringing down temperatures significantly even as rivers in Uttar Pradesh flowed in spate at a few places.
Farmers and widows of suicide affected families in Vidarbha would be observing a day-long fast tomorrow at Pandharkawada in Yavatmal district, to draw the attention of authorities to the distress due to delayed rains in the region.
With just days left for the monsoon to hit the western metropolis, high tidal waves have led to water-logging in low lying areas of Mumbai on Thursday.
The El Nino weather pattern - the Spanish word for boy - is likely to return this year causing drought in some areas and flooding in others.
More heavy rains accompanied by high speed surface wind are likely to lash some places in Odisha in the next two days.
The south West monsoon is expected to continue the momentum this month as it enters its last phase.
At least 10 districts of Assam were reeling under flood water.
The capital experienced a sunny and humid on Wednesday.
Sultry conditions seemed to have returned to trouble the north on Tuesday.
With the weather permitting, Border Road Organisation men on Tuesday fast-tracked their efforts to clear various roads in Uttarakhand.
It was a sunny Sunday morning in the capital as the minimum temperature settled a notch above average at 26.7 degree Celsius.
Several areas of Himachal Pradesh were on Thursday lashed by heavy rains with the mercury dropping by few notches in the hilly state.
People in Delhi experienced a hot and sultry weather on Wednesday as rains continued to elude the national capital and humidity level remained high.
Scattered showers in the afternoon in the various parts of Delhi brought the much needed respite from high humidity for the Delhiites on Tuesday.
Parts of the capital received rains Monday night after a pleasant day that saw overcast skies and sporadic showers.
Major rivers in Uttar Pradesh are in spate and flowing close to the danger mark at several parts on their course.
Monsoon was active across parts of northern India on Friday where one more person was killed in a rain-related mishap in Uttar Pradesh.
India`s monsoon rains turned average last week and may pick up over areas that grow cane, oilseed and cotton in northern and western regions next week, weather department officials said.
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