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Where has the monsoon gone? Coming in 3 days

The weather office in Mumbai is keenly watching the Bay of Bengal for signs of robust showers reaching the financial capital after June 23, reports Reshma Patil.

india Updated: Jun 22, 2007 02:31 IST
Reshma Patil
Reshma Patil
Hindustan Times

Enjoy the sunshine while it lasts. The weather office is keenly watching the Bay of Bengal for signs of robust showers reaching Mumbai and the state after June 23. “There is a very active monsoon condition now. There will be wonderful rains soon,’’ promised M Rajeevan, director of Pune’s National Climate Centre.

Hope is pinned on showers travelling northwesterly from a weather system forming over the Bay of Bengal. The west coast, including Konkan, Goa, and parts of north and central Maharashtra, are already drenched. “There is widespread rain over Maharashtra, but it is moderate right now,’’ said Sathi Devi, director of the India Meteorology Department in Colaba.

Gujarat experienced rainfall, but the monsoon has not yet ‘officially’ hit the state. And in Mumbai the monsoon arrived on June 18, a week late because of an unexpected diversion created by Cyclone Gonu that swept away the rainfall to Oman instead.

Mumbai has recorded lower rainfall compared to the season’s normal, but Devi said just one spell of heavy rain could wipe out the gap. “It can pick up any time,’’ said Devi. “You sense a lull during the day, but there is rainfall every evening and night.’’ Rainfall over Maharashtra, Goa, Gujarat, Karnataka, southeast Rajasthan and southern Madhya Pradesh is likely to be heavier from June 23.

First Published: Jun 22, 2007 02:29 IST