Referring to the situation in East and Northeast India, Mohapatra said that intense rainfall deficit may persist over India. A state in Eastern India And also over the Indo-Gangetic plains and some other parts of Northeast states during August-September, while Jharkhand, the easterly deficit is likely to decrease. Uttar Pradesh and parts of Gangetic West Bengal.
The spatial distribution of the probabilistic forecasts for the tertile ranges of rainfall (above normal, normal and below normal) during August and September suggests that above normal rainfall is expected to occur over most parts of South India (except the west coast). is likely to. West Central India and North West India.
Northwest India may see normal rains in August and this will boost the sowing operations of Kharif crops in this part of the country. Paddy sowing remains a matter of concern mainly due to sluggish rains in the Indo-Gangetic plains including Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and West Bengal.
Area data released by the agriculture ministry last Friday showed that the area under paddy sown stood at 231 lakh hectare (LH) on July 29, up from 267 lakh hectare during the same period last year – 36 lakh hectare (LH). 13%) reduction.
Whereas Punjab has already recorded more area under paddy than last year. Haryana This has almost bridged the gap which was quite high till mid-July. The total present deficit in paddy area of about 36 lakh hectare is mainly attributed to the high difference in West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Jharkhand.
On temperatures, the IMD predicted “above normal maximum temperatures” – meaning warmer than normal days – during August over many parts of east-central, east and north-east India and north-west and south interior peninsular India. in some parts of. It said the rest of the country is likely to see “normal to below normal maximum temperatures”.
On the other hand, “above normal minimum (night) temperatures” are very likely to prevail over some parts of east central, east, northeast and hilly regions of northwest India. “Below normal minimum temperatures are likely over many parts of Northwest, West Central and South India,” the Meteorological Department said. This means that the nights in these parts of the country will be normal or relatively less warm.