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State receives season’s highest rainfall, deficit down to 5%

Panaji: The highest rainfall recorded during 24 hours period from 8.30 am on Thursday to 8.30 am of Friday has helped reduce the rain deficit in state to five per cent.

The rain recorded in last 24 hours was the highest of the season and three times more than the normal rainfall of 34mm. The state had received 106.6mm rainfall on Thursday till 8.30 am but on Friday, the rain graph touched 120mm.

This highest rainfall brought down the deficit from 12 per cent to 5 per cent in just 24 hours. However, last year on the same day, the rain was 19 per cent excess.

The India Meteorology Department (IMD) has projected heavy rainfall at isolated places over the region for next two days however the intensity of rain would not be the same as in last two days because the cyclonic circulation over south Gujarat and the offshore trough along the west coast, both have weakened allowing reduction in westerly winds and drop in wind speed.

Mapusa recorded the highest rainfall of 152mm in state and second-highest rainfall of 143.4 mm was recorded in Panaji followed by Old Goa, Dabolim and Pernem receiving 138mm rain each.

After a patchy start, the southwest monsoon was vigorous through June end-to-beginning July so far, although the deficit may narrow in the days ahead as more bursts of rainfall are forecast.  The weather department, however, is confident that this month’s deficit will not last for long and may shift to excess. Officials said that with change in the weather events and variability, the rain graph also changes.

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