Rain to be back by July 4

South-west monsoon to bring relief to North: Met

“The monsoon is expected to cover the entire country by July 4 with significant rain. Delhi should get its first monsoon shower by July 1,” Indian Meteorological Department director Ajit Tyagi told Deccan Herald.

On Monday, the monsoon  covered almost all of central India and a large portion of North India, including stretches of east and west Uttar Pradesh, which did not receive any rains last week. The met department is expecting good monsoon activity for the next five days when copious rains will help ease farmers' worries.

Rainless days ahead would have spelt trouble for the farmers who would have found it difficult to prepare their fields for sowing khraiff crops which are crucial to the country's economic growth.

The south-west monsoon on Monday covered all of Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Chhattisgarh, Bihar, Jharkhand and parts of east Uttar Pradesh, bringing relief to millions of people reeling under intense heat wave for the past few days. 

While heavy rain lashed Uttar Pradesh and Jharkhand, as many as 15 people were killed in lightning strikes. Seven died in UP and eight in Jharkhand. Aided by the low pressure area on the Bay of Bengal, the monsoon has covered the whole of central and parts of northwest India.

Conditions are favourable for further advance of the southwest monsoon over more areas of Rajasthan, remaining parts of UP, Uttarakhand, Delhi and west UP in the next two days.

Drizzle in Delhi

The capital received drizzles on Sunday and Monday, bringing down the temperature substantially and giving respite to the sizzling city. Pre-monsoon showers hit parts of Punjab and Haryana also.

Even though the maximum temperature was 41.8 degrees Celsius on Monday, IMD forecasts further lowering of the maximum temperature –– below 40 degrees Celsius –– over the next two days.

The mercury dropped below 40 degrees Celsius in many places in UP, including Lucknow, and Chandigarh in Punjab, on Monday.

The western coastal region is expected to receive widespread rainfall during the next two days, thanks to an off-shore trough extending from the north Konkan to the Kerala coast at the mean sea level.

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