Slow Progress of Monsoon Delays Rainfall in Maharashtra, but Hopeful Signs on the Horizon

Pune, 22nd June 2023: The arrival of the Southwest monsoon in Maharashtra has been sluggish, leading to a delay in the much-awaited rainfall as the third week of June comes to a close.

Despite the slow progress, there is a glimmer of hope on the horizon. The Meteorological Department has predicted advancements in the monsoon over the next two to three days in certain regions of Odisha, West Bengal, Jharkhand, Bihar, and Maharashtra.

Currently, the monsoon has reached parts of Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Telangana, and Odisha, covering the entire state of Andhra Pradesh. However, its progress has been limited since it entered the southern regions of Maharashtra and the lower Konkan on the 11th of June.

Encouragingly, recent developments indicate a resurgence in the movement of the monsoon. Favorable conditions are expected to facilitate its entry into additional parts of Maharashtra. Currently, the monsoon’s trajectory is limited to Ratnagiri, Raichur, Khammam, Malkangiri, and Parlakhemundi in South India, as well as Haldia, Bokaro, Patna, and Raxaul in East India.

With favorable conditions persisting, the monsoon is anticipated to extend its reach to the Southern Peninsula, West Bengal, Jharkhand, Bihar, the rest of Odisha, as well as Chhattisgarh, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, and Madhya Pradesh by Sunday, the 25th of June. The cities of Pune and Mumbai eagerly await the arrival of the monsoon, and the Meteorological Department bases its predictions on factors such as humidity, westerly winds, and other contributing factors.

While the delay in the monsoon’s progress has caused some concern, the hopeful signs of advancement provide reassurance that the much-needed rainfall will soon grace the state of Maharashtra. The agricultural sector, in particular, relies heavily on the monsoon for irrigation and crop growth. The timely arrival of the monsoon is crucial for ensuring a successful farming season and maintaining water reserves.

The state authorities continue to monitor the progress of the monsoon closely and provide regular updates to the public. Residents are advised to stay informed about weather forecasts and take necessary precautions as the monsoon progresses. With the expected advancements in the coming days, Maharashtra can anticipate relief from the dry spell and the refreshing arrival of the Southwest monsoon.

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