New Delhi: The shortage of pre-monsoonal rainfall has hit the country causing dry spell and severe heatwave conditions to northwest India, sources in the weather office said. The dry spell that began from the end of February this year continued through this week showing a minus 78% shortage of pre-monsoonal rainfall in northwest India whereas the whole of India’s deficit is minus 25%. In central India, it is minus 56%.
Although Asani has hit several south-east states, it has barely provided any relief to the people of northwest India and to those of central India. The pre-monsoonal rainfall for east and northeast India is merely minus 1%, but for South India, it is excess at plus 35%. Despite western disturbance in the first half of the week, which caused widespread rainfall/thunderstorms in Jammu & Kashmir and isolated to scattered rainfall, northwest India remained dry.
The weather office has predicted heavy rainfall across the northeast states and across the southern peninsula. A fresh western disturbance may affect the western Himalayan region from May 16, which may cause scattered rainfall with thunderstorm/lightning and hail. This may continue till May 18.