Announcing withdrawal of the southwest (summer) monsoon, India Meteorological Department (IMD) said the monsoon has withdrawn from some parts of west Rajasthan and some parts of adjoining Gujarat on Wednesday. “Conditions are becoming favourable for further withdrawal of southwest monsoon from some more parts of Gujarat, entire Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh & Delhi, Jammu & Kashmir, Ladakh, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh and some parts of Madhya Pradesh during the next 3-4 days,” it said.
The southwest monsoon had seen the most delayed withdrawal in 2019 when the retreat started on October 9 as against its normal withdrawal date of September 17. Before 2019, the most delayed withdrawal was recorded in 1961. The monsoon withdrawal had commenced on September 28 last year while it happened on September 29 in 2018, on September 27 in 2017 and on September 15 in 2016. India this year received ‘normal’ monsoon rainfall during the four-month season from June to September. All India monsoon rainfall during June 1 to September 30 had been 87 cm against the Long Period Average (LPA) of 88 cm of 1961-2010 (99% of its LPA).
This is the third consecutive year when the country recorded rainfall in the ‘normal’ or ‘above normal’ category.
Issuing weather forecasts for the next few days, the IMD predicted formation of a low-pressure area in north Andaman Sea around October 10 which may move west-north-westwards towards south Odisha and north Coastal Andhra Pradesh coast during subsequent 4-5 days.