The monsoon has withdrawn from Northwest India following a 346% surplus rainfall in October

The Southwest monsoon withdrew from northwest India on Friday after a fortnight’s delay. There was 58.4 mm of rainfall in the region between October 1-14, which is 346 per cent higher than the average rainfall.

A cyclonic circulation over northern Maharashtra on October 7, which moved along south Gujarat, northeast Rajasthan, southern Haryana and Punjab until October 11, caused a five-day-long rainfall over the northwest region, including Delhi and the National Capital Region.

According to IMD officials, the monsoon has now withdrawn from Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, most of Madhya Pradesh and some areas of Bihar and Maharashtra. The monsoon typically starts from Maharashtra and Bihar on October 5. The IMD reported heavy rainfall in all of these states except Maharashtra and Bihar between October 6 and 12.

In addition to Raxaul (Bihar), Daltonganj (Jharkhand), Pendra road (Chhattisgarh), Chhindwara (Madhya Pradesh), Jalgaon and Dahanu (both in Maharashtra), the monsoon withdrawal line passes through Jalgaon and Dahanu (both in Maharashtra). As the withdrawal progresses in the next two to three days, it is expected to extend to more parts of central and eastern India and Maharashtra.

According to IMD’s weather bulletin on the monsoon withdrawal issued on Friday, “conditions are likely to become favourable for further withdrawal of the Southwest monsoon from more parts of Maharashtra, central, eastern, and northeastern India in the next three days.”

Due to two active cyclonic circulations located in the west-central Bay of Bengal and near the Comorin region, enhanced rainfall activity will be observed over southern peninsular India from Friday. According to the IMD, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Karaikal, Kerala, Mahe, Telangana, coastal Andhra Pradesh, coastal Karnataka, Lakshadweep and Rayalaseema will experience widespread heavy rainfall until October 17.

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