THE MONSOON that literally kept State denizens on tenterhooks almost through the entire June finally arrived on Thursday, covering almost the entire State except for some parts of Gwalior-Chambal division. The met office has said that good rainfall should be expected in first week of July, much to the relief of farmers.
Under the influence of the monsoon several parts of State recorded considerable rains, although for Bhopal the arrival was marked by a rainless day. Rains, however, started in Capital late in the evening on Thursday and continued into the night.
This is one of most delayed monsoon in the last 22 years. In 1984 the monsoon arrived in State on July 1. After that the monsoon always struck the State by June 26.
Ironically, in the beginning of June this year, an early monsoon was predicted for the State. At least on two occasions during June, chances of monsoon’s arrival in State strengthened but both times the current circumvented the State keeping it bereft from rainfall activity.
Keeping to the met department’s prediction that the monsoon might arrive between June 28 and 30, northern limits of the monsoon covered the State on Thursday and is now passing through Ahmedabad, Guna, Jhansi, Bareili, Dehra Dun, Shimla, Dharamshala and Jammu. Thus, a small portion of Madhya Pradesh in Gwalior-Chambal region was left out from the influence of the South West monsoon of this year.
On Thursday (between 8.30 am and 5.30 pm) Jabalpur recorded 48 mms of rains, Sagar 23 mms, Khajuraho 15 mms and Hoshangabad – 5 mms of rainfall.
During the last 24 hours ending 8.30 am on Thursday, Shajapur recorded heavy rains to the extent of 11 cms, Bhopal – 2.5 cms, Jabalpur – 2 cms and Satna and Guna – 1 cm each. Some other parts of the State also received rains.
With the arrival of monsoon, temperatures across the State recorded a considerable fall. Capital Bhopal, though rainless, recorded a huge fall in day temperature and recorded 31.1 degrees Celsius - four degrees below normal.
The stuffiness also almost totally disappeared providing much needed relief to the citizens. However, till the filing of this report people were still anxiously awaiting for the actual feel of monsoon - continuous heavy rains.
Indore recorded maximum day temperature of 30.4 degrees Celsius, Gwalior - 35.8 degrees and Jabalpur - 27.8 degrees. Dr Dubey said the monsoon was pulled into the State by a feeble upper air circulation persisting over North Madhya Pradesh.
The main push was provided by a system off the Orissa coast in the Bay of Bengal. Meanwhile, cloud masses have again started developing over the Bay providing hope that after July 1 the monsoon will be more vigorous in the State and prove beneficial for agriculture.
As for the next 24 hours, rainfall has been predicted in many places in southern Madhya Pradesh and few places in North Madhya Pradesh.