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Monsoon could arrive a week late

With the monsoon currents having weakened,it may take another week for the rains to hit the city. Even as the southwest monsoon is scheduled to reach the city on June 7,it may well have to wait till June 14 this time.

Written by Express News Service | Pune |
June 5, 2009 3:30:38 am

With the monsoon currents having weakened,it may take another week for the rains to hit the city. Even as the southwest monsoon is scheduled to reach the city on June 7,it may well have to wait till June 14 this time.

“With the southwest monsoon not touching the state as yet,the progress is slow and it might take a week,” said Medha Khole,director,weather central,IMD Pune.

She said a low pressure formation is likely in the Bay of Bengal that can strengthen the monsoon currents. This will strengthen the currents over Karnataka,Orissa and Andhra Pradesh,which in turn will speed up the process in the state. Cyclone Aila,which wreaked havoc in West Bengal,has affected the advancement of the monsoon from south Karnataka to Goa and Maharashtra.

Pune was expected to get monsoon rains even before the scheduled date of June 7,with the southwest monsoon reaching the Kerala coast a week earlier. However,with Aila striking,the advancement in the state was delayed. The met officials said unless something drastic happens,the rains will arrive on the due date.

A low pressure area off Tamil Nadu that developed into the devastating cyclone two days later had weakened the monsoon. It had covered Kerala and Tamil Nadu and advanced into southern parts of coastal Karnataka,north-eastern states,parts of coastal Orissa and most parts of West Bengal and Sikkim. Later,the monsoon advanced to south Karnataka,but Aila stalled its advancement.

Last week,the monsoon did not make any progress towards north Karnakata,Goa and Konkan as expected. Weather department officials said the situation is likely to prevail for the next four-five days.

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