Monsoon in Delhi from June 29: IMD

New Delhi, June 24: Monsoon will hit the national capital anytime between June 29 to July 1, with pre-monsoon activities expected to begin the coming week, bringing a much needed respite for Delhi which is currently reeling under heat wave-like conditions. According to both India Meteorological Department (IMD) as well as private weather forecasting agency Skymet, Delhi will see on-time arrival of monsoon while the rainfall in Long Period Average (LPA) is not yet clear. “The onset of north-west monsoon is expected to be between June 29 and July 1 for Delhi. The pre-monsoon showers can be expected around June 27,” M. Mohaptra, senior scientist at IMD, told IANS. While Skymet prediction also expects monsoon to arrive anytime after June 29, it sees the pre-monsoon showers to hit the national capital from Monday, June 25.

The monsoon’s course had been subdued for over a week. However, from Sunday, it has revived and started moving towards the north, weather analysts said. “Monsoon has revived and is moving northwards. It has already reached parts of Gujarat, western Madhya Pradesh, Vidharba, Ordisha and West Bengal,” Mahesh Palawat, Director of Skymet told IANS.

According to the IMD, India is likely to receive a “better monsoon” than it did in 2017, with the entire country expected to see “normal rainfall” between 96 to 104 per cent from June to September, officials said.

A model for prediction of monsoon by IMD suggested that rainfall average over the monsoon season is likely to be 102 per cent, with error estimate of plus-minus four per cent. A figure between 96 to 104 per cent is considered “normal” monsoon, while between 104 to 110 per cent is considered “above normal” monsoon. (IANS)