Monsoon retreat delayed this year

Hyderabad: The southwest monsoon,
which arrived after four weeks late this season, is likely to withdraw in the next 15 days.

“Climatologically, the South west monsoon season ends by September 30, but its with-
drawal this year is likely to be delayed till October 15,” said private weather forecaster Skymet on Saturday.

“The month of June recorded 87 mm of rain against the monthly average of 111.2 mm. July was also deficient with 84.2 mm of rain against the normal of 179.2 mm.

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The situation in August wasn’t any
different as the city recorded 129.4 mm of rain, against the average of 207 mm. But September turned out to be good in terms of rain for Hyderabad,” Skymet website said.

Indian Metrological Department (IMD) officials in Hyderabad said in August,
Hyderabad showed a rain deficit of 25 percent. This has reduced to 16 percent now. During its later stages, the southwest monsoon has been quite vigorous over TS because of upper air circulation in
Bay of Bengal, over south Andhra Pradesh coast, which is expected to create a low-
pressure area that will bring rain to nearby regions, including all Telangana districts,
IMD said.

Telangana is now under a Yellow Weather alert with heavy downpour expected in all districts till September 25. Light rain is likely in Hyderabad till September 23.

Authored by Mohammed Hussain, Twitter: @writetohussain

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