South-west monsoon begins to withdraw,dry spells ahead: IMD

With the south-west monsoon beginning to withdraw,Met department officials said the city would continue to experience dry spells.

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai | Published: September 4, 2013 1:01 am

With the south-west monsoon beginning to withdraw,Met department officials said the city would continue to experience dry spells. The forthcoming festive season will experience occasional showers towards the end of September,coinciding with Ganeshotsav.

The Colaba weather station has recorded almost double the rainfall at 2,064 mm compared to 1,136 mm last year,while the Santacruz station recorded 2,243 mm compared to 1,330 mm received last year.

While the Colaba weather station recorded only 51 per cent of the average annual rainfall last year,this year the city received about 92 per cent rainfall compared to the annual average. Similarly,Santacruz weather station recorded 86 per cent average rainfall this year compared to only 51 per cent in the previous year.

“Unlike the previous year,when the withdrawal of monsoon,which normally begins in the first week of September,was delayed to the third week of the month,this year the monsoon has withdrawn in the first week of September,” said IMD Director V K Rajiv.

He added that usually monsoon withdrew from the entire country by September end,but in the past nine years,this has been delayed till October 11.

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