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Southwest Monsoon to Cover India Entirely Between June 30 and July 6, Says IMD | The Weather Channel – Articles from The Weather Channel

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The southwest monsoon, also referred to as the summer monsoon, graces the Indian subcontinent annually between the months of June and September. It is during this rainy season that India receives the majority (about 75%) of its yearly rains. And for a country like India, where nearly 60% of the population depends on agriculture as its primary source of livelihood, this four-month season is absolutely crucial.

Usually, the monsoonal rains first set foot in India on June 1 and cover the country by July 8.

But this year, the monsoons arrived earlier than usual, making landfall in Kerala on May 29. However, their subsequent progress into the rest of the country has remained choppy.

The arrival and activity of the monsoon in Central India also remains unimpressive. During the first half of June, it made a delayed onset on most of the country, resulting in India recording 43% deficient rains compared to the average for the first half of June.

However, the rainfall activity has picked up since June 15, with days between June 16-19 being the rainiest and making up for the preceding dry spell.

Advance of Southwest Monsoon.  (IMD)

Advance of Southwest Monsoon as of June 24.

(IMD)

And now, the India Meteorological Department’s (IMD) extended range forecast has indicated that the southwest monsoon may cover India entirely between June 30 and July 6. But IMD officials have clarified that this is not the exact date and is merely a “guidance product” .

So far, the entire country except for Northwest India has been covered by the monsoon rains. As of June 24, the northern limit of monsoon is passing through Gujarat’s Porbandar and Vadodara, Madhya Pradesh’s Shivpuri and Rewa, and Uttar Pradesh’s Churk.

India saw excess rains 45% more than the long period average between June 16 and 22, while northeast India saw an excess of 120%, east and northeast India 77% and south peninsular India 29%. However, it was 2% less than the average for central India.

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