P. Sunderarajan

‘Prospects bright for farm production’

NEW DELHI: There are signs of another low pressure forming over the Bay of Bengal around July 5 and indications are that it would be a strong system, sustaining the present active monsoon phase for at least two weeks, a spokesperson of the India Meteorological Department (IMD) here said.

Deep depression

The deep depression over north-west and adjoining west-central Bay of Bengal was expected to intensify further and bring in more rain over north Andhra Pradesh, Orissa, Chattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Goa and Gujarat.

The IMD has warned that there was a possibility of extremely heavy rainfall, with a precipitation of over 25 cm over a period of 24 hours, in some areas of north Andhra Pradesh, Orissa and Chattisgarh in the next two days and Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Goa and Gujarat between June 30 and July 1.

Squally winds

In the next two days, squally winds with speeds reaching 55 to 65 kmph were likely along and off north Andhra Pradesh and Orissa coast and the sea conditions could be very rough, the IMD said.

“The prospects are very bright for agricultural production in the country. Rains have, so far, been bountiful and the distribution quite even. With the possibility of formation of another strong low pressure area over the Bay of Bengal, the trend is likely to continue at least till mid-July,” said a senior IMD official.

The cumulative precipitation for the country till now was 7 per cent more than normal. Also, almost the entire country had been covered. Only a few areas in west Rajasthan, Haryana and Punjab had not been covered. They would also come under the monsoon spell, the IMD said.

Rain in Delhi

The much-awaited monsoon rain arrived in Delhi on Thursday, a day ahead of the normal onset date, bringing an end to the sultry weather in the past few days. Most parts received good showers in the morning, lowering the temperature.

An IMD spokesperson said thundershowers were likely at least for the next two days.