The Chandigarh Meteorological Department has predicted a normal onset of monsoon this year and estimated that it is likely to hit the city towards the end of June.
Met officials have also stated that the timely onset of monsoon will result in moderate rainfall across Punjab and Haryana.
“The region of Punjab and Haryana will receive normal to moderate rainfall this monsoon, which comes as a good news for the farmers and the residents. While the onset of monsoon in Kerala is expected four-five days from now, in Chandigarh it is most likely to be in the fourth week of June or first week of July, which is normal. Expected rainfall in Punjab and Haryana for monsoon season is 49cm and 46cm, respectively,” director, Met Department, Surender Paul said.
At a maximum temperature of 41 degree Celsius in the city on Thursday, the weather department has predicted dry weather for the next three days with an increase in temperature. “There will be an increase in temperature to the maximum extent of 43 degree Celsius in the next three-four days,” Paul said.
However, no possibility of a heat wave in the city has been predicted as of now.
In the second long range southwest monsoon forecast released by the Indian Meteorological Department on Thursday, officials have ruled out the possibility of drought conditions with normal to moderate rainfall across the nation.
With a total rainfall of 106 per cent of normal across the nation, the forecast has also predicted that north western states like Punjab, Haryana, eastern Rajasthan, western Uttar Pradesh and Delhi are likely to receive the maximum rainfall with 108 per cent of normal with a model error of 8 per cent.
Even as improper rainfall during monsoon was experienced throughout the nation over the last two years, this year’s rainfall is likely to bring respite to the residents.
The reason for the same according to the IMD can be attributed to the neutralisation of El Nino currents, which started weakening in April.
While the arrival of monsoon at the coast is delayed by almost a week, most of the June will be dry, while July and August will receive rainfall of 107 per cent and 104 per cent of LPA (long period average), the forecast states.