Jun 17, 2019 : Monsoon is expected to advance further up north as Cyclone Vayu loses intensity paving the way for the wind system to move towards the Arabian Sea, the weatherman said on June 16, Sunday.
It still remains over Mangalore, Mysore, Cuddalore over the southern peninsula and Passighat, Agartala in the Northeast, according to the India Meteorological Department. The western coast— from Maharashtra to Gujarat— has been receiving rainfall due to the cyclone. Only coastal Karnataka and Kerala have received rains due to monsoon.
By now, monsoon should have reached central India, including parts of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, eastern Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat, but it is yet to reach Maharashtra.
Vayu is expected to cross the Gujarat coast today, june 17, Monday evening as a depression, paving the way for monsoon winds to move towards the Arabian Sea.
Monsoon made an onset over Kerala on June 8, nearly a week after its usual onset date.
“The progress of monsoon was halted due to Cyclone Vayu. As its intensity decreases, we expect monsoon to progress in the next 2-3 days,” said Devendra Pradhan, additional director general, IMD.
Favourable conditions : In its monsoon bulletin, IMD said conditions are becoming favourable for further advance of the southwest monsoon to more parts of central Arabian Sea, Karnataka and remaining parts of Tamil Nadu.
It is expected to cover more parts of central, north and south Bay, northeast India, north Bengal and Sikkim in 1-2 days.
The overall monsoon deficiency in the country has reached 43% due to its sluggish pace. IMD’s central division— which covers Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra and Goa— has recorded 59% of rainfall deficiency while east and northeast India have recorded 47% deficiency.