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Monsoon set to recede from north, parts of west

The southwest monsoon, which accounts for more than 70 percent of India’s annual rainfall, is set to withdraw from northern and some western parts of the country in the next 48 hours after bringing bountiful showers since August in a late rally that cheered millions of farmers.

This will be the seventh straight year when the withdrawal of monsoon, which normally begins in the first week of September, has been delayed to the third week of the month. Data released by the weather office last Friday for this season showed that rainfall was just five per cent less than normal till now as against 31 per cent deficiency in June.

According to a bulletin released by the weather department this afternoon, ‘conditions have become favourable for withdrawal of southwest monsoon from parts of Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan and Saurashtra and Kutch during next 48 hours’.

Satellite imagery and the observations, it said, clearly indicate reduction in moisture over parts of northwest India. The late rally of the monsoon helped cut the deficiency in summer rainfall experienced in the first two months of the season. In July, the country received 13 per cent deficient rains prompting the government to roll out relief measures.

Usually monsoon withdraws from the entire country by Sept end, but in the past eight years, this has been delayed till as long as 11 Oct.
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