Photos: Southwest monsoon settles over India ahead of schedule

Favourable weather phenomena such as a neutral El Nino and warmer sea surface temperatures in the equatorial Indian Ocean have spelled an almost fortnight’s advance in the southwest monsoon recording complete coverage over India. Usually expected around July 8, rains and associated weather changes across India had been successfully noted by June 26 according the India Meteorological Department. India’s northeast and eastern regions are witnessing the heaviest downpours at the moment with Assam and the Brahmaputra fed regions flooded.

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Farmers prepare a field for the plantation of paddy crop, during the monsoon season in Nadia district of West Bengal on June 28. The monsoon this year has covered the entire country, 12 days earlier than expected, with officials saying this would augur well for farmers. The monsoon usually covers the whole country by July 8 but did so on June 26 this time around. (PTI)

Farmers prepare a field for the plantation of paddy crop, during the monsoon season in Nadia district of West Bengal on June 28. The monsoon this year has covered the entire country, 12 days earlier than expected, with officials saying this would augur well for farmers. The monsoon usually covers the whole country by July 8 but did so on June 26 this time around. (PTI)

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Dark clouds fill the sky over Moorusavir Math in Hubballi on June 27. A good monsoon, which accounts for 70% of India’s annual rainfall, is critical to the fortunes of the agricultural sector, on which at least 700 million people are dependent for a livelihood. (PTI)

Dark clouds fill the sky over Moorusavir Math in Hubballi on June 27. A good monsoon, which accounts for 70% of India’s annual rainfall, is critical to the fortunes of the agricultural sector, on which at least 700 million people are dependent for a livelihood. (PTI)

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Roadside vendors wait for customers during rain in Kolkata on June 27. Due to the shifting of the monsoon trough northwards and convergence of strong southerly and south-westerly winds from Bay of Bengal over northeast and east India, the region has seen widespread and heavy to very heavy rainfall over the past three days. (Ashok Bhaumik / PTI)

Roadside vendors wait for customers during rain in Kolkata on June 27. Due to the shifting of the monsoon trough northwards and convergence of strong southerly and south-westerly winds from Bay of Bengal over northeast and east India, the region has seen widespread and heavy to very heavy rainfall over the past three days. (Ashok Bhaumik / PTI)

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Labourers working on an under-construction building are pictured against large clouds in Vijayawada on June 26. “The large-scale features which ensured we have a good monsoon are a neutral El Nino and neutral Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD),” IMD director general M Mohapatra told HT. (PTI)

Labourers working on an under-construction building are pictured against large clouds in Vijayawada on June 26. “The large-scale features which ensured we have a good monsoon are a neutral El Nino and neutral Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD),” IMD director general M Mohapatra told HT. (PTI)

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A man wades through a waterlogged street during heavy rain in Hyderabad on June 27. El Nino is a climate pattern characterised by high sea surface temperatures in the tropical Pacific Ocean, which are neutral now. El Nino years in India are linked to below normal monsoon rains, and higher than normal frequency of heat waves. (PTI)

A man wades through a waterlogged street during heavy rain in Hyderabad on June 27. El Nino is a climate pattern characterised by high sea surface temperatures in the tropical Pacific Ocean, which are neutral now. El Nino years in India are linked to below normal monsoon rains, and higher than normal frequency of heat waves. (PTI)

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Flower vendors wait for customers along a waterlogged street after heavy rains in Patna on June 26. Fairly widespread rainfall over East Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Sub-Himalayan West Bengal and Sikkim has been forecast during the next four days as the eastern end of monsoon trough continues to run along the foothills of Himalayas. (PTI)

Flower vendors wait for customers along a waterlogged street after heavy rains in Patna on June 26. Fairly widespread rainfall over East Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Sub-Himalayan West Bengal and Sikkim has been forecast during the next four days as the eastern end of monsoon trough continues to run along the foothills of Himalayas. (PTI)

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A motorist moves through a waterlogged street during heavy rain in Rajasthan’s Sikar district on June 26. Several areas in Rajasthan, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh have reported locust attacks with the onset of the southwest monsoon. The humid weather and intermittent rainfall provide a fertile ground to the pink immature adults to multiply very rapidly. (PTI)

A motorist moves through a waterlogged street during heavy rain in Rajasthan’s Sikar district on June 26. Several areas in Rajasthan, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh have reported locust attacks with the onset of the southwest monsoon. The humid weather and intermittent rainfall provide a fertile ground to the pink immature adults to multiply very rapidly. (PTI)

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Asiatic water buffalos cross flood waters in Morigaon district of Assam on June 26. Due to incessant rainfall, the Brahmaputra river and its tributaries continue to rise flooding several districts in the state. Heavy rains in Meghalaya and Assam have resulted in huge inflows into Bangladesh which is downstream. (Anupam Nath / AP)

Asiatic water buffalos cross flood waters in Morigaon district of Assam on June 26. Due to incessant rainfall, the Brahmaputra river and its tributaries continue to rise flooding several districts in the state. Heavy rains in Meghalaya and Assam have resulted in huge inflows into Bangladesh which is downstream. (Anupam Nath / AP)

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A man sits in a shack next to flood waters in Morigaon district on Jun 26. The monsoon remains crucial for the yield of rice, wheat, sugarcane and oilseeds in a country where farming accounts for about 15% of the economy but employs more than half of its people, a HT report noted. (Anupam Nath / AP)

A man sits in a shack next to flood waters in Morigaon district on Jun 26. The monsoon remains crucial for the yield of rice, wheat, sugarcane and oilseeds in a country where farming accounts for about 15% of the economy but employs more than half of its people, a HT report noted. (Anupam Nath / AP)

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