AFTER A delay of exactly a fortnight, withdrawal of the Southwest monsoon started on Sunday from north Maharashtra — Nagpur and adjoining areas. According to experts, the normal date for monsoon withdrawal in the state is October 1. However, this year, repeated formations of cyclonic circulations over central India and the west coast blocked the progress of the withdrawal over central India regions, they added.
Officials at the India Meteorology Department (IMD) said the delayed withdrawal was not unusual, as similar delays in retreat have been realised over the last few years. A senior IMD official said, “The conditions are becoming favourable for the withdrawal of Southwest monsoon from more parts of Maharashra in the next 48 hours. Sometimes, the process is delayed when the synoptic systems are conducive to continued rains.”
Monsoon had withdrawn completely from Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and most of Gujarat and the advance is likely to gather pace by mid-week, added the official. Thunder and heavy rains were reported from isolated areas in the city on Sunday morning. Incidentally, a low pressure system is being formed over the Bay of Bengal, which is likely to strengthen a deep depression, said the official, adding that chances of it being developed into a cyclone cannot be ruled out.
Asked if this low pressure would have any influence over Maharashtra, the official said, “This system will strengthen into a depression over the next 48 hours and is likely to approach Puri or Kalingapattanam by October 19. The development will not have a major impact on Maharashtra, however, cloudy sky conditions are likely.”