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Monsoon likely to withdraw in 4 days




The four-month long southwest monsoon is likely to withdraw from the state in next four days, says the weather department.

Though a cyclonic storm Luban over west central and adjoining southwest Arabian sea may cause some rainfall at few places in the state till it moves west northwestwards towards Yemen and south Oman coasts in next four days, said an IMD official, adding, the monsoon’s exit from the state will be on its normal date of withdrawal.

Normally, between October 1 and 15 is when the monsoon starts withdrawing from east central Arabian sea and adjoining Konkan coast. Last year, the monsoon was declared withdrawn on October 24, the officials informed.

“The cyclonic system may cause some rainfall till the cyclone Luban hits Oman coasts, however, monsoon is expected to completely withdraw from the state by end of this week,” the IMD official stated.

During the entire southwest monsoon period till September, the state received 19 per cent less rainfall than normal in the current monsoon season. It received 2410.5 mm of rainfall as against normal 2971.7 mm rain.

The weather department says a station’s rainfall during the season is categorised in the deficient zone if the rain shortfall runs over 19 per cent.

“State has been constantly recording maximum temperatures above 32 degrees Celsius. On Wednesday, it was 32.8 degree Celsius, which was above normal range. Minimum temperature remains at 23.7 degree Celsius mark, which continues to provide some relief to citizens during nights,” the official added.

Now, the rainfall in the state will not be counted in the monsoon season and will only be called post-monsoon showers. This year, post monsoon rainfall activity remained mostly weak with 23 per cent deficit during the first week of October.

The state has received 61 mm rainfall as against 80 mm normal rainfall until October 10, however, within meteorological sub-divisions, the highest deficit was in North Goa of around 25 per cent, while South Goa recorded rainfall deficiency of 22 per cent since October 1, according to the data of the IMD.

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