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Monsoon clouds loom over city

india Updated: Jun 08, 2009 01:55 IST
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Carry your umbrellas and raincoats with you as the monsoon showers are expected any time now.

“With favourable conditions, the southwest monsoon has further advanced into some more parts of Karnataka, Goa and parts of Konkan which are experiencing heavy rainfall on Sunday,” an Indian Meteorological Department official said, on condition of anonymity.

The southwest monsoon had progressed upto Ratnagiri on Sunday, with a persistent and northward progressing convection over Arabian Sea. Fairly widespread rainfall activity over Karnataka, Goa and Konkan areas were recorded over the past 24 hours.

Considering these developments, the city can expect pre-monsoon showers on Monday. If favourable conditions prevail, the monsoon will reach the city in a couple of days.

The weathermen had earlier predicted that the rains would hit Goa on June 5 and Mumbai by June 7 or 8, two days before the usual time, but the arrival of cyclone Aila had sent all the predictions haywire.

It set in at Andaman Nicobar Islands on May 20 and Kerala on May 23, almost a week before time, was slowed down by the cyclone that hit West Bengal.

The east and the northeast India received good rainfall during the last week of May because of the Aila.

Mumbai’s date for the monsoon has been predicted to be June 10, while it will reach rest of Maharashtra by next three days.

According to IMD officials, the delay of the monsoon by a day or two is very natural, even if it reaches on time or in advance to the country.

The June-September monsoon rains are a major influence on India’s farm-dependant economy as two-thirds of Indians depend on agriculture and related businesses for a living. Timely rain helps boost crop yields including rice that are planted after the onset of the monsoon.

Rains may also aid the health of sugarcane already planted in Maharashtra, which is the nation's biggest producer.

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