The southwest monsoon is likely to hit Punjab in next 2-3 days as it picks up pace and advances further to parts of northwest India, the Indian meteorological department said on Wednesday.
A deep depression in the Arabian Sea off the Gujarat coast had affected the pace of the monsoon and taken away a lot of moisture, officials said. “But the depression will not have a long term-impact on monsoon. Even Gujarat has started receiving good rains now. Over the next 2-3 days, monsoon will again spread to parts of northwest India. This includes Haryana, Punjab, Delhi and a large part of Rajasthan. The progress of monsoon will be speedy now,” IMD director general Laxman Singh Rathore said. The normal date for monsoon to hit Delhi is June 29.
Meanwhile, overall rainfall deficiency in the country has reduced to 13%. Deficiency in east and northwest India hovers around 26% while in central India it is around 23%. However, the positive side is formation of a low-pressure area in the Bay of Bengal. This is expected to bring in more rains along the eastern coast.