Pune: Delayed monsoon has resulted in more than 60 per cent deficiency in rainfall in Maharashtra, but according to India Meteorological Department (IMD) officials, all hopes for good rain are not yet lost. Deputy Director General (Weather Forecasting) of IMD Medha Khole on Monday stated, rains are nit the state between July 5 and 7, the climatic conditions are in favour of monsoons to be active again.
Khole was speaking on the topic ‘Monsoon 2014: Forecasts and progress so far’ in a lecture organised by Pune Union of Working Journalists (PUWJ) on Monday. During the lecture, Khole stated that the monsoon can still recover in the month of July and August, citizens still can hope for good amount of rain. She said, “There have been years where poor rainfall activity was recorded in the month of July, but still the overall rainfall was good in the rest of the season. Usually July and August are the two core months where good rainfall is recorded. Though the June proved to be poor in terms of rain where more than 60 per cent of rainfall deficiency has been recorded in the state, the long range forecast of the country has predicted 94 per cent of the rain for central India.”
Khole stated that due to the formation of Nanauk cyclone in the Arabian sea, the progress of monsoon in parts of Maharashtra has been affected. Not a single district in the state has recorded even average rainfall in the month of June. In fact apart from east and northeast, there is no significant rainfall activity anywhere in the country.
Giving some hopes for the citizens, Khole stated that a system is being formed in Bay of Bengal and there are chances that the monsoon will become active from second week of July. “From tomorrow a low pressure area is likely to be formed in the Bay of Bengal which are encouraging signs for monsoon to become active again. Though the present situation looks grim, the situation is likely to improve from July 5 to July 7 and there will be further advancement of monsoon in other parts of the country also,” Khole stated.