Monsoon 16% deficient in Punjab, surplus in Haryana, Himachal

Current spell of widespread rainfall is likely to continue over J&K, Himachal, Punjab and Haryana till July 30

Chandigarh, July 28

Widespread rain in the region notwithstanding, monsoon in Punjab continues to remain below the long period average for the month of July. On the other hand, monsoon in Haryana and Himachal Pradesh, which had turned deficient from June-end to mid-July, has now turned surplus.

Rain has been deficient in July by 16 per cent in Punjab, according to data released by the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) today. In Haryana and HP, rain in July has been above the long period average by 31 per cent and 2 per cent, respectively.

During the past 24 hours, rain was excess by 297 per cent in Punjab as compared to the average for this period. In Haryana and Himachal Pradesh, it has been above average by 273 per cent and 189 per cent, respectively. Data compiled by the IMD shows that Punjab, Haryana and HP received 23.1 mm, 26.1 mm and 29.2 mm rain, respectively, in the past 24 hours. The long period average for this period for these states is 5.8 mm 7 mm and 10.1 mm, respectively.

The weatherman has predicted that the current spell of widespread rainfall is likely to continue over J&K, HP, Punjab and Haryana till July 30, and reduce thereafter. — TNS

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