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‘Vayu’ delays monsoon arrival in Goa by 5 days



The arrival of monsoon in Goa will be delayed by five more days due to the very severe cyclonic storm ‘Vayu’ that skirted the Gujarat coast on Thursday, said the India Meteorological Department (IMD).

The IMD had earlier predicted that monsoon would arrive in the state by June 15 but with the Cyclone ‘Vayu’ draining away all the moisture that is required to form rain clouds, the monsoon has now been further delayed resulting in a rise in temperature across the state.

In 2016, monsoon reached Goa 13 days late, on June 19. In 2017, the monsoon reached Goa on June 8, two days later than normal. In 2018, the
southwest monsoon hit Goa on June 7, a day after its scheduled time.

“We expect the monsoon to reach the state after four days. The cyclone effect still persists in the Arabian Sea and has absorbed all moisture required to form clouds and eventually rain. As a result, rainfall will be delayed. Moisture from the sea is the fuel of cyclones. The faster the cyclone moved over land, the further it got away from the sea, its source of moisture,” IMD director Dr K V Padgalwar said.

The skies over Goa are expected to be cloudy on Sunday but in the next couple of days, heavy rainfall is likely to occur at isolated places, the IMD said.

The department suggested that there is a possibility of the cyclone changing its direction. If the system changes track, it could lead to rainfall in the state.

On June 15, the weather department said the Cyclone ‘Vayu’ lay centred over northeast and adjoining east central Arabian Sea, about 275 km west-southwest of Porbandar (Gujarat), 330 km west-southwest of Veraval (Gujarat) and 385 km nearly west of Diu.

“The system is very likely to move nearly westwards during the next 24 to 36 hours with gradual weakening and recurve northeastwards without affecting the Gujarat coast and reach coastal Saurashtra and Kutch as a depression by the evening of June 17,” the IMD said.

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