weather Watch

  • Refreshing monsoon relief on the way
- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Jun 11, 2014-

Prolonged dry spell along with delayed monsoon has affected normal life across the Mid- and Far-Western regions of the country as temperatures continued to remain above 40 degree Celsius. The eastern and central regions, however, have been receiving brief thundershowers as a relief to the scorching heat in the plains.

The temperatures during the daytime has affected human mobility within western Tarai districts, as monsoon-reliant farmers without proper irrigation system have had to leave their agriculture fields.

On Wednesday, Dipayal recorded the highest temperature at 44.2 degree Celsius, followed by Nepalgunj and Dhangadhi at 43.8 and 45.4 degree Celsius respectively. Bhairahawa, Birendranagar and Dang also witnessed rising temperatures of around 40 degree Celsius. According to senior meteorologist at the Meteorological Forecasting Division Shiva Sharma, the presipitation shortage during the rainiest season in the country, particularly between June and September, has led to the dry spell, more so in western Tarai and hilly districts. But the occurrence of partial rainfall and thunderstorms in eastern Tarai and some hilly districts along with some parts of the central region have come as a sigh of relief to the public.

Contrary to the regular four-month monsoon season, beginning on June 10, that accounts for more than 80 percent of the total annual rainfall in the country, the rainy season is expected to precede by the end of the week this year.

“The weather conditions along the Bay of Bengal in India, from where the moisture required for monsoon enters the eastern part of the country, seems favorable later this week,” said Sharma. “The expected rainfall across Nepal in a couple of days will drop temperatures to some extent.”

Weather reports on Wednesday show minimal chances of a complete dry monsoon this year as rainfall is likely to be observed in several regions within the four-month period, as projected in India.  The country had observed above average monsoonal rainfall last year, boosting agricultural productions and enhancing the overall economy.

Published: 12-06-2014 09:34

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