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Rainfall activity to revive soon


GUWAHATI, June 29 - The Southwest Monsoon has entered a weak phase since last few days, which has resulted in dry weather at many places in the Northeastern region and also a rise in temperature, but there is a likelihood of revival of rainfall activities across the region in another three-four days.

Sources at the India Meteorological Department (IMD) told The Assam Tribune that till now there has been deficit rainfall in the Northeast since the onset of the monsoon earlier this month.

�The monsoon is currently in a weak phase, but the situation is likely to change within next few days. There is likelihood of revival of rainfall activities across the Northeastern region in next three or four days,� said an official.

Once rainfall restarts, it is expected to bring down the temperature, which has been causing immense misery to people across the region with the day-time maximum temperature hovering around the mid-30s since past few days.

He added, �Even now there is area specific heavy rainfall but the weak phase has meant that such heavy rainfall has not been across the region. Generally we make a five-day forecast and as per that we expect revival of rainfall activities within three or four days.�

According to IMD, the Bay of Bengal branch of the monsoon is currently weak.

�There is a low pressure area in the Andhra Pradesh coast. So moisture incursion in the Northeast is less and this is also contributing to the lack of rains,� said the official. He added that the monsoon is never at a continuous pace and rather come in phases of sudden surge followed by dry weather and again surge.

The official said that the prediction this time is of below normal rainfall in the Northeast but above a forecast of all-India above normal rainfall.

Meanwhile, as per IMD the rainfall distribution for the season from June 1 to June 22 has been deficient in all over the Northeast, barring Arunachal Pradesh.

In Assam and Meghalaya, rainfall has been minus (-) 46 per cent departure from normal, while it is minus (-) 56 per cent in Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura.

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