Monsoon to hit west, central India next week

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New Delhi, Jun 18: The south-west monsoon, which was expected to hit northwest and central
India, by Friday, Jun 18 may take another two three days, an official informed.

"There is a lag in monsoon and rains are expected to pick up momentum in the next two to three days," D Sivananda Pai, Director, National Climate Centre, Pune, said.

As of Friday, Jun 18, India has received 97 per cent of normal rainfall and parts of central and north-eastern India have been enjoying good showers, Mr Pai added.

Based on the forecast model, weather scientists a fresh monsoon pulse was expected in the coming week, after which rapid advance of the seasonal rains into the north-western parts was expected.

Till Monday, Jun 21, widespread rains are expected to lash Konkan, Goa, coastal Karnataka, Gujarat Region, Madhya Maharashtra and Marathwada regions.

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