Southwest monsoon to begin withdrawal today: IMD

New Delhi (NVI): The Southwest monsoon is likely to begin withdrawing from some areas of west Rajasthan and Punjab from today, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.

The Met department also said that over the next two days, monsoon is likely to retreat from more areas along north India, said IMD.

“Conditions are becoming favourable for further withdrawal of the southwest monsoon from some more parts of Rajasthan and Punjab and some parts of Haryana, Chandigarh and Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh in the next two or three days,” read the weather bulletin issued by IMD.

The commencement of monsoon withdrawal is 12 days late, compared to the new normal date set by IMD this year. However, for nearly a decade now, the monsoon withdrawal start off only after the third week of September.

According to IMD, the monsoon withdrawal from the country is declared when there is an observed reduction in rainfall activity and moisture content for five consecutive days, along with the development of an anticyclone system in the lower atmosphere.

The Met department also predicted dry weather conditions over most parts of the northwest India during next five days.

“Moderate thunderstorm with lightning very likely at isolated places over north peninsular India, Central and northeast India during next 12 hours,” IMD said.