Monsoon covers country 17 days ahead of normal schedule, says IMD

Jun 30, 2018, 08:58 IST | Agencies

The rains have already reached its last outpost in the country, Sriganganagar, located in the western part of Rajasthan

Monsoon covers country 17 days ahead of normal schedule, says IMD
A houseboat capsized during rains at Jehlum, in Srinagar. Pic/PTI

The monsoon has covered the entire country, 17 days ahead of its normal onset date, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Friday. The monsoon has reached Sriganganagar, its last outpost in the country located in west Rajasthan. Its normal date to reach Sriganganagar was July 15.

“The monsoon on Friday covered the entire country,” Additional Director General Mritunjay Mohapatra said. It usually covers the entire country by July 1, but west Rajasthan gets rains later, he said. But this year, due to good easterly rains, it has taken the monsoon to the entire country early, Mohapatra added. The four-month monsoon season normally begins from June 1 and ends on September 30. This year, monsoon touched Kerala on May 29, three days ahead of its normal onset date of June 1.

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