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Normal rainfall in State

THE OVERALL monsoon in the State this year has been normal, even though Gwalior, Chambal and Rewa divisions had a deficit rainfall, according to Regional Meteorological Centre. The monsoon is set to bid adieu officially in a couple of days. According to the Centre, Sheopur Kalan received only half of the normal rains this season.

india Updated: Oct 06, 2006 20:33 IST

THE OVERALL monsoon in the State this year has been normal, even though Gwalior, Chambal and Rewa divisions had a deficit rainfall, according to Regional Meteorological Centre. The monsoon is set to bid adieu officially in a couple of days. According to the Centre, Sheopur Kalan received only half of the normal rains this season.

Other districts that experienced deficit rainfall are Panna (- 48 pc), Datia (- 47 pc), Chhatarpur and Bhind (-44 pc each). On the other hand Ujjain, with 103 per cent excess rains, saw one of the biggest deluges in the State.

At least seven other districts in western Madhya Pradesh including Bhopal received more than 60 per cent excess rainfall. The State on an average received 992.9 mm rains this monsoon season (officially calculated from June 1 to September 30) against the normal average of 989.0 mm.

Thus, overall the monsoon was quite normal, director of Regional Meteorological Centre Dr D P Dubey told Hindustan Times. The 27 districts in the West MP sub-division received 18 per cent excess rainfall, while 18 districts of East Madhya Pradesh had eight per cent deficit, taking the average to normal.

At least seven districts in Eastern MP experienced a shortfall of over 30 per cent, which could be termed as real problem situation, the Met office said. Also five districts in West Madhya Pradesh have seen over 30 per cent shortfall.

The monsoon has already withdrawn from northern Madhya Pradesh up to Bhopal. However, owing to a circulation system prevailing over neighbouring Maharashtra, the official withdrawal of the monsoon from Southern Madhya Pradesh is yet to be announced though there is no particular rainfall activity in this region too. “Monsoon will withdraw from these parts too in another two to three days,’’ Dr Dubey said.


Unbearable October heat
THE DREADED October heat has started giving people a tough time with temperatures climbing sharply all across the State. Perfectly clear skies have exposed people to the harsh weather.

There is no respite in sight with the Met office saying that similar weather conditions could continue almost till Diwali. The mercury will show a slight dip only towards the last week of October.

Maximum day temperatures have been hovering between 32-35 degrees Celsius in most parts of the State during last few days. In northern Madhya Pradesh conditions are harsher with Gwalior-Chambal divisions facing maximum day temperature up to 37-38 degrees Celsius. On Thursday the Capital recorded a maximum of 35.6 degrees Celsius, while Gwalior recorded as high as above 39 degrees Celsius.

Temperatures were expected to climb further by a degree or two in the next one or two days. Dr Dubey said although temperatures were high even in September, the heat was not felt because of clouding.

However, with the disappearance of the cloud cover in October, the heat is being felt in full fury.

First Published: Oct 06, 2006 20:33 IST