Monsoon arrives after eight-day delay

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Jun 20, 2014-

Though eight days late, summer monsoon has arrived, offering respite from the sweltering heat. The delayed monsoon that hit the country on Friday brought light to moderate rainfall in the past 24 hours along the Eastern region and some parts of Central and Western regions.

Generally, the four-month long monsoon starts on June 10 from the eastern part of the country and takes around a week to tavel throughout the country. For Kathmandu, the normal onset date of monsoon is June 12. The delayed monsoon followed by dry spell affected normal life across different parts of the country, particularly along the Tarai belts in the Mid-Western and Far-Western regions. Similarly, the lack of timely monsoon rains also affected the plantation of summer crops such as paddy and maize along with seasonal vegetables in majority of places lacking adequate irrigation facilities.

According to Barun Poudel, a senior meteorologist at Meteorological Forecasting Division, monsoon has advanced up to some parts of central region. “As per the current weather analysis, rains are likely to cover the entire country within next couple of day,” he said.  

On Friday, Pokhara recorded highest rainfall measuring 72.1 mm, followed by Okhaldhunga, Dhangadhi and Lumle at 66.7, 56 and 37 mm respectively, among all eighteen hydrological and meterological stations. Places such as Bhairahawa, Taplejung, Kathmandu, Dharan, Biratnagar, Dhankuta, Dang and Dadelhdura also received rainfall on the same day.

The fifth version of South Asian Climate Outlook Forum, an annual meet of weather experts, scientists and meteorologists to forecast the South Asian monsoon, has predicted normal to below normal rainfall in Nepal. 

Published: 21-06-2014 08:53

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