PUNE: Central India which includes Maharashtra has experienced more than expected rainfall between July 5 and 11. According to India Meteorological Department (IMD), the Southwest Monsoon was above normal in Central India and South Peninsula by 20 pc and 34 pc respectively during this period. Central India received 85.2 mm rainfall against expected rainfall of 71.3 mm and recorded a 20 per cent excess rainfall in the region.
However, according to the IMD, for the country as a whole, cumulative rainfall during southwest monsoon between July 5 and July 11 was below Long Period Average (LPA) by 14 per cent.
Regions of northwest India reported 16.3 mm against normal of 44.4 mm which is reported to be 63 pc deficient in rainfall this week. Similarly, in east and northeastern India rainfall was reported to be 49 per cent deficient.
IMD noted that the El Niño–Southern Oscillation (ENSO) neutral conditions continued to prevail over equatorial Pacific Ocean and the latest Monsoon Mission Coupled Forecasting System (MMCFS) forecast indicates that ENSO neutral conditions are likely to persist during the monsoon season.
Moreover, neutral Indian Ocean Diapole (IOD) conditions are prevailing over equatorial Indian ocean. Negative IOD conditions are likely to prevail during next two weeks, said the IMD.
The IMD has stated that a low pressure area has formed over northwest Bay of Bengal and neighbourhood. Another low pressure area is likely to form over north Bay of Bengal and neighbourhood around July 19. The monsoon trough is likely to remain in its near normal position and continue to be active in the coming four days.
Ongoing active monsoon conditions are likely to continue over Central India and South Peninsula during next four days. Subdued rainfall activity is likely to continue over east and northeast India during next two days.