Sunday , 26 May 2019
Monsoon expected  to hit Goa on June 5
A RAINY DAY SELFIE: A tourist couple capturing memories of their visit to Old Goa, with Basilica of Bom Jesus seen in the background, just as the entire setting is reflected in the collected rainwater Pic HEMANT PARAB | NT

Monsoon expected to hit Goa on June 5




The India meteorological department has said the monsoon is expected to hit the state on June 5.

According to actual rainfall forecast released by the IMD, Goa will observe pre-monsoon rainfall during the end of this  month or beginning of June, and actual rainfall is expected to hit the state on June 5 exactly four days after touching Kerala.

No pre-monsoon rainfall has started in the state although in the last 24 hours light to moderate rain showers accompanied with gusty winds were observed at isolated places.

The IMD has clarified that such showers usually occur during summer season.

The weather department said the state is expected to receive light rains and the sky will remain partly clear in the next 24 hours at a few places, which will be followed by two dry days.

“It has not been pre-monsoon rainfall… the rain has fallen  due to moisture incursion… due to change in wind pattern there was accumulation of clouds that brought the rain,” the official said.

Following the spell of showers, the maximum temperature in the state fell two notches below the normal average.

On Monday, the city temperature was recorded at 31.3 degree Celsius. The temperature for the next five days will be within normal.

“In the wake of the rain spell, the weather will turn comfortable and pleasant, especially during nights and early mornings,” the official added.

The long-awaited southwest monsoon touched over Nicobar Islands, parts of Andaman Sea and Bay of Bengal on Sunday almost a week before its scheduled arrival.

The average rainfall figures of Goa have stood at 11.8 mm in the last 24 hours. But within the state itself huge variation in rainfall figures can be seen. For instance, in the last 24 hours Sankhali and Old Goa received no rain; and in comparison, a few places have received two-digit rainfall like Valpoi (42.3mm), Canacona (20.2) followed by Sanguem (18.1), Margao (12.5) and Quepem (10.4).

The least rainfall was recorded in Panaji of about 0.2 mm

Last year, the state received normal rainfall of 2958 mm during four-month monsoon season, with one per cent deficiency which lasted till the end of September.

The poorest monsoon in the last six years with a high deficit of 20 per cent was recorded in 2015-16, as the monsoon had arrived on June 6. The season ended with deficient rains.