No hopes for monsoon yet? Revival likely by July beginning

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Monsoon to arrive in July
New Delhi, June 25: All hopes for monsoon were dashed in New Delhi when the cool breeze gave way for the previous dry and very hot weather. But there is still some hope, Met officials have assured a revival by the first week of July.

The change in the climate means monsoon is unlikely to arrive in the national capital by its normal onset date of JUne 28. According to the met office, the northern limit of the monsoon has remained static since last Thursday and passes through and passes through Veraval and Surat in Gujarat, Nasik (Maharashtra), Damoh (MP) and Sultanpur (UP).

Met officials reasoned the weakening as a lack of low pressure systems forming in the Bay of Bengal and Arabian Sea - systems that push inwards into the mainland, bringing rain.

B P Yadav, head of the National Weather Forecasting Centre at IMD Delhi said,"We see early indications of some formation in the Bay of Bengal. But it will take four-five days to develop. If it forms into a low-pressure system, it will start reviving the monsoon sometime next week. We can expect monsoon to enter fresh areas by first week of July."

Although there has been less overall rain activity across the country, the met office informs that the rains will be confined to the east and northeast India, and the western coast. In fact, the rain percent has gone down from 45% to 36% since June 18. [Read More in TOI]

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