Pune: The country received seven per cent less rainfall than the Long Period Average (LPA) between June 1 and September 27, as per data provided by the India Meteorological Department (IMD). Central India, which includes Maharashtra, has recorded six per cent deficient rainfall during the same period.
Northwest India recorded 552.6 mm rainfall against the expected 610.2 mm, which indicates nine per cent deficiency for the period.
Southern peninsula recorded one per cent deficiency in rainfall and east and northeast India have recorded four per cent rainfall deficiency, according to the IMD.
Between September 21 to September 27, the entire country recorded 32.5 mm rainfall amounting to 10 per cent deficiency for this week.
During the same time, northwest India recorded 28 per cent excess rainfall.
Central India recorded five per cent excess rainfall. However, southern peninsula recorded 22 per cent deficiency in rainfall while east and northeast India recorded 40 per cent deficiency.
Currently, a neutral El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO) condition is prevailing. A similar condition is likely to continue during next two weeks.
The southwest monsoon has withdrawn from some parts of Punjab and Haryana, most parts of west Rajasthan, some parts of Kutch and north Arabian sea till Wednesday. The monsoon withdrawal line passes through Amritsar, Hissar, Jodhpur and Naliya as reported by the IMD.
The IMD has further predicted that the conditions are favourable for the further withdrawal of monsoon from some parts of western Himalayan region and Uttar Pradesh, remaining parts of Punjab, Rajasthan, Gujarat state and West Madhya Pradesh during the coming week.