Lucknow, June 12: The monsoon is expected to hit Uttar Pradesh within next two-three days and may reach the state capital by June 16-17. The entire state is expected to be covered by June 17-18. However, rainfall will remain low in eastern UP in comparison to the western parts in the week after the monsoon arrives.
The state capital is also likely to receive comparatively lesser rain but the situation is expected to be better than last year.
The northern limit of monsoon (NLM) on Tuesday passed through Okha, Ahmedabad, Rajgarh, ranchi, Berhampore, Jalpaiguri and Gangtok. The NLM was near Sonbhadra at the UP-Chhattisgarh border and Lalitpur at UP-MP border. The monsoon branch advancing from the Arabian Sea is moving faster than the one from the Bay of Bengal. Normally, the Bay of Bengal branch enters UP in mid June and the state capital on June 18.
The Arabian Sea branch enters up through Lalitpur on June 18. The two currents meet at central UP and cover the entire state by June 25.
State Met department chief J P Gupta said the monsoon is advancing faster than normal this year. He added that a cyclonic situation was forming over the western part of the UP, which will cause rain at many areas, whereas rainfall in eastern UP and Lucknow will be less.