OCCASIONAL STORMS and intermittent drizzles may have delayed the actual monsoon by 20 days in the State.
According to a senior professor at Kanpur’s Chandra Shekhar Azad Agriculture and Technology University and weather section in-charge DC Kaim, these rains were mistaken as the pre-monsoon rains, whereas in fact, they were caused by cyclonic conditions created in the Indian Ocean.
These cyclonic rains often hamper the development of the monsoon in the desired areas. He said that these rain storms followed by extremely humid conditions was not favourable either for the crops or for human health.
He apprehended drought-like conditions, if the monsoon failed to proceed by the end of June 30 or first week of July.
He suggested the farmers to avoid sowing crops, which needed more water, and depend upon dry land crops.
Meanwhile, Lucknow woke up to a cloudy morning on Tuesday, generating hope of relief from the continuing hot conditions. The weather did not dampen spirits even though it did not rain. The cloud cover gave some respite from the scorching sun till late in the day.
However, there was no respite from power cuts. Although the ordeal was considerably lesser, thanks to the cloud cover, residents complained of water shortage because of power cuts.