Early onset of monsoon likely: Weather office

- Rastriya Samachar Samiti, Kathmandu
Normally, monsoon enters Nepal from the eastern region on June 10 and spreads throughout the country within a few days

Jun 6, 2017-Monsoon this year is likely to arrive ahead of its normal date, according to the weather office, attributing the early arrival of rains to change in weather system. 

Subas Rimal, a meteorologist at the Meteorological Forecasting Division, says a change in weather system has developed that is set to bring rains before June 10, the date for the onset of monsoon in Nepal. 

Normally, monsoon enters Nepal from the eastern region on June 10 and spreads throughout the country within a few days. Rains enter Nepal with the moisture-laden monsoon wind originating from the Bay of Bengal that starts blowing towards the north-westerly direction. 

Rimal said based on the weather map and data received from satellite so far, the monsoon system is found developing over the eastern and central Bay of Bengal and up to the central parts of Bangladesh, increasing the likelihood of the arrival of monsoon in Nepal earlier than the normal date. 

Cloudy condition with intermittent rain that has been seen in the country is because of the pre-monsoon and ready-to-arrive monsoon, according to Rimal. 

The last time monsoon arrived in the country prior to June 10 was in 2007. 

Nepal has set June 10 as the onset of monsoon since 1968 when the country adopted forecasting system, with the withdrawal date set for September 23. Kathmandu Valley which witnessed a sudden rise in temperatures on Sunday and Monday received a brief rain later on Monday.

Published: 06-06-2017 07:53

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