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Southwest monsoon withdraws from India 13 days after normal schedule: IMD

New Delhi: Monsoon withdrew from India on Wednesday, October 28 after a delay of 13 days, as compared to October 15, its normal cut-off date, informed the India Meteorological Department (IMD). It needs mention here that the country recorded 7% of excess rainfall between October 1 and 28.

There is a significant reduction in rainfall activity over most parts of the country, which has led the India Meteorological Department (IMD) to announce the withdrawal of monsoon.

It is pertinent to mention here that even though the IMD had announced the end of monsoon season on September 30, rainfall continued even after the cut-off date.

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The northeast monsoon, which triggers rainfall in south India, hit the extreme southern parts of the peninsula on Wednesday.

“Monsoon withdrawal couldn’t be announced earlier because widespread rainfall was reported from west, central, and northeastern India in October. That has ceased now. The southwesterly wind has changed direction. Now, wind is blowing in the northeasterly direction,” said K Sathi Devi, head, national weather forecasting centre.

A cyclonic circulation is lying over the southwest Bay of Bengal off north Tamil Nadu (TN) coast at lower levels of the troposphere.
Under its influence, scattered rainfall with moderate thunderstorms and lightning are likely to occur over Kerala, Mahe, TN and Puducherry during the next five days.

It has also been forecasted that isolated heavy rainfall may occur over southern TN on Thursday (October 29).
Dry weather condition is likely over the northwest, west, central and eastern India during the next four-five days.

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