The Pre Monsoon season begins in India from March 1. The month of March in terms of rains this time was quite deficit. It was the heat that dominated throughout the month. With this, the countrywide rainfall deficiency was at a whopping 48 percent. The country recorded a mere 16.2 mm of rains against 30.9 mm.
The first four days of April were also dry for the country. However, beginning April 5, rainfall activity did pick up pace and good showers were seen over the region. The last two weeks, i.e., between April 5 and 18, good showers were observed over the country as a whole.
In fact, rains were exceptional between April 5 and 11 wherein the country recorded 11.7 mm rain against 7.7 mm, i.e., 52 percent surplus rains. With this, the cumulative deficiency dropped to 31 percent. During this time, North India including Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana recorded three to four times than their usual rains. East India including West Bengal, Jharkhand, Odisha and Uttar Pradesh recorded three to six times than they usually do.