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Hopes of early monsoon dashed

THERE MIGHT be another week of hot and humid wait for monsoon to strike the State. The low-pressure area over Orissa that was supposed to bring monsoon to Madhya Pradesh has changed direction, which is likely to push monsoon towards Bihar.

india Updated: Jun 06, 2006 23:53 IST

THERE MIGHT be another week of hot and humid wait for monsoon to strike the State. The low-pressure area over Orissa that was supposed to bring monsoon to Madhya Pradesh has changed direction, which is likely to push monsoon towards Bihar.

This means that monsoon might strike the State almost on normal date (around June 13). Hopes of an early monsoon are dashed.

On Tuesday, monsoon struck Bastar division of Chhattisgarh after covering Orissa and the low-pressure system that had formed off the Orissa coast has now moved inland. However, instead of moving in a westerly direction that would have brought monsoon current to Madhya Pradesh, the system has taken a northwesterly direction and is likely to proceed towards Bihar from Chhattisgarh, director of Regional Meteorological Centre, Dr D P Dubey, told the Hindustan Times in Bhopal.

Thus, while the eastern parts of MP might get some rainfall activity under the influence of the system, West and Central MP would remain totally devoid of rains.

He further said that it might take another five to seven days for another system to form. The State would have to wait until then for monsoon rains.

Earlier too, an upper-air circulation system had moved in from the Western coast of the country but had moved over to Rajasthan instead of Madhya Pradesh, thus keeping the State away from monsoon. Again, another system has passed it over.

Dr Dubey said that the wait period of the week for another system to develop would see some pre-monsoon thunderstorm activity, but mainly the weather would be hot and humid. On Tuesday, many parts of the State including Bhopal
witnessed comparatively hot weather with the maximum day temperatures being  recorded between 37 and 40 degrees.

The temperatures are only expected to rise over the next few days, save for eastern MP that would receive some rainfall. Bhopal recorded a maximum of 37.4 degrees, Indore recorded 36.5 degrees, Gwalior – 39.7 and Jabalpur – 38.0 degrees.