A clear regional divide was seen in rainfall activity in the last week. North and northwest India, and central India received fairly widespread rainfall, while east and northeast India and southern peninsular region were more or less starved.
Rainfall since the start of the monsoon season in the country as a whole is now 103 per cent of normal. This was boosted by the 15 per cent additional rains as compared to normal in the last week itself. Most of it happened in northwest and central India. Northwest India, which includes Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan and Delhi, received 35 per cent excess rainfall, while central India had 45 per cent more than normal.
Almost all areas have had phases of good rainfall by now. Quantitatively, just 7 per cent of the country’s landmass has received less than normal rainfall this season.
The Met office says rainfall activity is likely to dip from the coming week till at least the end of August, particularly in the areas that received good rainfall in the last week. It has said that “above normal rainfall activity” was likely to continue over northwest and central India till August 14 and decline thereafter.
In East India, however, rainfall is expected to increase. Areas close to the Himalayas are also expected to get good rainfall during this time. These areas are expected to get good rainfall till August 19, at least.
The southern peninsula is an area of some concern though. In the last week, the area received 46 per cent deficiency. “Quantitatively though, the deficiency is not much, it is just about 2 per cent now from the start of the season. But we are not expecting a quick surge in the coming days,” D Sivananda Pai of the India Meteorological Department said.
Pai said even with reduced rainfall, August was likely to end with 105 per cent of rainfall. Northwest India, including Delhi, was likely to have another good spell of rainfall next week.