Monsoon withdrawal likely by September 24: IMD

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New Delhi: The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said the onset of the southwest monsoon is likely to begin by the end of next week.

Heavy rains are expected in Odisha as a low-pressure area is likely to form over the Bay of Bengal around 20 September. However, the temperature in the plains of North India will be warmer than normal.

It is noteworthy that the figures of Safdarjung Observatory are considered to be representative figures of the city. For the last few days, there has been an increase in temperature due to no rain in Delhi. According to meteorological data, the national capital has recorded 78 per cent less rainfall so far in September. Overall, the city has recorded 576.5 mm rainfall as compared to 617.8 mm normal since the onset of monsoon from June 1.

The IMD has also said that the monsoon is likely to be in Delhi for a longer period of time and its onset in “early October”.
However, the withdrawal of the southwest monsoon from West Rajasthan is likely to begin by the end of next week. The department said that conditions are likely to be favourable for the return of monsoon in the next two days.

Temperatures are also being recorded above normal in the plains of North India. IMD has revised the monsoon withdrawal dates this year.

According to the new table, Monsoon was expected to return on September 17. However, it has been delayed due to a low-pressure area in the Bay of Bengal.

The withdrawal of southwest monsoon from west Rajasthan also makes conditions favourable for cold. Heavy rains are expected over the next two days in many parts of Central and South India. IMD has issued Orange alert for Saturday in Kerala, Goa and parts of Karnataka and Maharashtra.

An orange alert has also been issued for Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Maharashtra and Goa on Sunday. So far, the country has received seven per cent more rainfall than normal.

In Odisha, the state government has asked the district administrations to be prepared to deal with any flood-like situation and landslides as a low-lying area are likely to form in the northeastern Bay of Bengal and adjoining areas around 20 September is.

Under its influence, heavy rains are likely to occur in many parts of Odisha by 23 September.

The department said that some areas may receive heavy to very heavy rainfall during this period. Surface winds can move at a speed of 45–55 km per hour over the Bay of North-East Bengal and the Gulf of nearby East-Central Bengal.

The Meteorological Center has advised fishermen not to venture into the deep sea off the Odisha coast from September 20 and said those in the deep sea are advised to return to the coast by Sunday.

In view of the weather forecast, Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) PK Jena issued an advisory to the District Magistrates and asked them to be prepared to deal with any situation like floods and landslides in hilly areas.


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