There is some good news on the monsoon front. According to the Met department,its likely to gain strength across the country the coming week ending a prolonged weak phase that has been the cause of much concern.
The rains,however,are likely to stay away from the city and other parts of the North and Northwest for at least another week.
Today a low-pressure area has formed over Northwest Bay of Bengal and adjoining coastal areas of Odisha and West Bengal. It will move westwards across Odisha,Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh, a Met department statement said.
For the next week,it predicted rainfall at many places over East and Central India.
Rainfall would be subdued over plains of Northwest India during the first half of the week. It would increase in the second half, it said.
A weather scientist said the revival of the monsoon was a huge sign of relief as another dry week could have been disastrous. The coming week is going to be crucial for the monsoon. The signs are indicative of normal rainfall in most parts of the country. Rains may not to be enough to compensate deficiency so far,but at least it will not increase further, he said.
The Met department said rainfall this season has been 22 per cent below normal till the end of last week.
As many as 25 of the 36 meteorological divisions have received deficient or scanty (a deficiency of more than 20 per cent) rainfall. In terms of geographical area,as much as 76 per cent of the country has received rainfall that is 20 per cent below normal.