The southwest has reached Barmer in western Rajasthan two weeks before its normal time, which is one of its last stops. At the same time, the plains of North India including Delhi are still waiting for the monsoon rains. Right now it is getting hot here. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Tuesday that the South-Northern Limit of Monsoon (NLM) is still passing through Barmer, Bhilwara, Dholpur, Aligarh, Meerut, Ambala and Amritsar. After arriving two days late in Kerala, Monsoon is now making an onset over East, Central and Northwest India seven to ten days ahead of normal. In this sequence, Monsoon has reached Barmer, the border and desert district of Rajasthan, but West Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Haryana are still waiting for rain. According to Kuldeep Srivastava, head of IMD’s Regional Weather Forecasting Centre, Barmer is one of the few centers in West Rajasthan where the south-monsoon usually arrives late. Southwest Monsoon reaches West Rajasthan in the first week of July. IMD Director General Mrityunjay Mohapatra said that this time the monsoon has reached Barmer two weeks before the normal time. He said, ‘The pressure area formed in the Arabian Sea gave momentum to the monsoon which reached parts of Rajasthan including Barmer in June itself. He said that in the case of Delhi, Haryana, parts of Punjab and West Uttar Pradesh and West Rajasthan, easterly winds carry the monsoon from the Bay of Bengal to these areas. Mohapatra said that at present there is no active pressure area in the Bay of Bengal which can help the easterly winds to bring the monsoon into the region. The Meteorological Department had earlier predicted that the monsoon could reach Delhi by June 15. However, westerly winds are creating obstacles in its arrival in Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Punjab and Haryana. Normally, Monsoon reaches Delhi by June 27 and its presence is recorded across the country by July 8. Last year, Monsoon had reached Delhi on 25th June and had covered the entire country by 29th June.
[Attribution to NBT]