New Delhi: Gujarat which has received 26% less rains than normal during the south-west monsoon will receive heavy to very heavy rain in its southern parts in the coming three days starting from Wednesday, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
According to IMD, adjoining regions of Kutch and Saurashtra will also receive fairly widespread rain on Thursday and Friday.
On Monday, southern parts of Gujarat like Mahuva, Amreli and Bhavnagar have received 105mm, 96mm and 93mm rainfall, respectively. Ahmedabad which mostly remained dry during the monsoon also received heavy downpour.
Gujarat has so far received 646.9mm of rainfall against the normal monsoon rainfall of around 874.4mm. Saurashtra and Kutch have received rainfall of around 381.2mm against the usual 457.7mm. Though Gujarat has an overall rainfall deficit, its Saurashtra and Kutch region have received normal rainfall, since their 17% deficit falls in the bracket of plus-or-minus 19% , which is the range of normal rainfall.
“Parts of Gujarat close to Southern Pakistan and Southern Rajasthan will mostly remain dry,” said Mahesh Palawat, chief meteorologist at Skymet.
Cyclonic circulations over the South West Madhya Pradesh and adjoining parts of Gujarat will cause showers in these regions.
According to N. Chattopadhyay, deputy director general at the agricultural meteorology division of IMD, “Any rainfall in the deficit areas of Gujarat will be of incremental benefit for the agricultural crops. Rainfall in south Gujarat will be particularly helpful for paddy. Farmers are advised to delay the harvest of green gram, black gram, timely sown groundnut and coarse cereal bajra by 3-4 days which have almost matured. Standing crop like cotton, late sown groundnut, caster, cluster bean will be benefited by the rainfall received and to be received particularly in North Gujarat, Saurashtra and Kutch.”
Kutch, where monsoon withdraws by 15 September, will show delayed withdrawal this season due to humidity from south westerly winds from the Arabian Sea. So far, the withdrawal line of monsoon is over Anupgarh, Bikaner and Jaisalmer in the Rajasthan.