Punjab News Monsoon to keep date with region


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Chandigarh, June 20

The region can hope for an end to the scorching afternoons. According to the Met Department, the monsoon is expected to arrive in the city on June 29.

“It is very difficult to predict the exact day on which the monsoon will arrive in the region. It depends on a lot of factors such as cyclones and wind strength, but the monsoon has had very few deviations this year so there shouldn’t be much difference between the expected and the actual date of arrival,” said a Met official. Last year, the monsoon had arrived on June 30.

The region experienced drought last year with 22 per cent rain deficit during the monsoon season. The cumulative monsoon rainfall recorded on June 17 last year, had been about 45 per cent below normal.

PS Chhabra, an agronomy expert, said, good rainfall this year could help increase farm produce which was expected to bring down inflation. A good monsoon could facilitate timely sowing of summer crops like rice, sugarcane and corn and lead to a rebound in the agricultural output.

“Every weather model is indicating that the monsoon is picking up and favourable conditions are developing for it to move towards the North. We expect the monsoon to be normal this year,” he added.

Meanwhile, the weather in the region today turned quite hot making it difficult for residents to stay outdoors. Hisar in Haryana recorded a high of 47.6°C, while Jammu touched 45.1°C, the highest of the season. Amritsar and Ludhiana in Punjab recorded maximum temperatures of 44.6°C and 44°C, respectively.

The maximum temperature in Chandigarh was 41.4°C while the minimum was 29.1°C, a rise of 2.1°C compared to yesterday.

According to the IMD, hot and humid weather would continue and the mercury would rise further over the next couple of days. Days would be marked by cloudless skies and night temperature would also keep rising.