Monsoon likely to withdraw by Wednesday

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Panaji: The southwest monsoon is likely to withdraw completely from the nation in the next 48 hours even as the northeast monsoon is likely to commence over peninsular India around October 28.

The weather summary and forecast bulletin issued by the India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Monday said that with the likely setting in of the north-easterly winds in the lower tropospheric levels over Bay of Bengal and extreme south peninsular India, the southwest monsoon is likely to withdraw from the entire country around October 28.

The bulletin further said that the northeast monsoon rains are also likely to commence over Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, coastal Andhra Pradesh and adjoining areas of Karnataka and Kerala around October 28.

Normally monsoon exits India by October 15 but new depressions that formed over Bay of Bengal since October 10 delayed the withdrawal by nearly 12-14 days.

According to IMD, the withdrawal line of the southwest monsoon now passes through Cooch Behar, Sriniketan, Ghatshila, Keonjhargarh, Nowrangpur, Elluru, Nalgonda, Nanded, Nasik, Dahanu and the monsoon has further withdrawn from some more parts of Gangetic West Bengal, Jharkhand, Odisha, coastal Andhra Pradesh and Telangana and some parts of Marathwada, Madhya Maharashtra, Konkan and remaining parts of Gujarat and north Arabian Sea.

Goa, which has become the highest rainfall receiving state in the country this year, has broken its 59-year record for the highest seasonal rainfall, according to IMD data.