Pune: With better rains in the last week, India Meteorological Department (IMD) has noted that there is 70 per cent excess rainfall in central India including Maharashtra. Also, heavy to very heavy rainfall is expected in Gujarat, Konkan and Goa and Madhya Maharashtra during the first half of July 20 to 26 and decrease in intensity thereafter.
IMD noted that the south-west monsoon further advanced into some more parts of west Rajasthan last week. It advanced further into the remaining parts of east Rajasthan, west Rajasthan, Haryana and Punjab and thus covered the entire country on Wednesday.
Under the influence of a well-marked low-pressure area, which moved across the central part of India, east Rajasthan, Gujarat and Saurashtra and Kutch experienced over 20 centimetre rainfall in 24 hours last week. IMD also mentioned that due to the depression over north-west Bay of Bengal and its west-northwest movement, Odisha, Vidarbha and Chhattisgarh experienced heavy to very heavy rainfall last week.
According to reports, between July 13 and 19, the entire country has experienced 11 per cent excess rainfall as compared to Long Period Average (LPA). Central India alone has received 129.7 millimetre rainfall against a normal rainfall of 76.3 millimetre.
IMD has predicted that under the influence of two low-pressure areas, over central parts of north Madhya Pradesh and neighbourhood and over Kutch and neighbouring area, the monsoon is very likely to be in its active phase over most parts of the country during next one week.
Extremely heavy rainfall is predicted by the weather department over Rajasthan in the coming next week. Isolated heavy to very heavy rainfall is likely to occur along the west coast in the coming week.
Overall rainfall activity is likely to be above normal as India as a whole and central parts of the country. Between July 27 and August 2, there is likely to be a decrease in rainfall activity. However, overall rainfall activity is likely to be below normal over India during this week.