Gujarat’s wait for Monsoon has been quite long this year. After making a rapid progress in the initial days, Monsoon 2018 stalled after reaching Mumbai on June 9. In fact, the beak was a prolonged one that stretched over a period of 8-9 days.
In wake of this, it became the highest rainfall deficit state in the country, with Gujarat region deficit by 76% and Saurashtra and Kutch region deficit by 96%.
The official date for Monsoon marking its onset over Gujarat is June 15. However, this year, Gujarat saw delayed arrival on June 23 wherein Monsoon surge covered southern parts of the stat like Surat and Valsad. Moving at a steady pace, Monsoon covered Saurashtra and central Gujarat including capital city of Ahmedabad by June 24.
At present, the Northern Limit of Monsoon (NLM) is moving across Veraval and Amreli in Saurashtra and Ahmedabad in Central Gujarat.
According to this, Monsoon would continue to be active over the state. All thanks to the cyclonic circulation marked off Konkan and South Gujarat coast. In wake of this, thick dense clouds are still hanging over South Gujarat and Saurashtra extending up to Central Gujarat. Thus, moderate to heavy rainfall is likely to continue in South Gujarat during the next 24 hours. Meanwhile, Central Gujarat would see light to moderate Monsoon rains.
Places such as Surat, Valsad, Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar, Rajkot, Bhavnagar, Amreli, Veraval, and Junagarh would see good rains in the coming days.
In the subsequent 24 hours, cyclonic circulation will move further north along the coast and come over Gujarat. With this, rain and thundershowers activities would also cover parts of North Gujarat such as Deesa, Patan, Mehsana, and Idar.
Not only this, these rains would be responsible for taking Monsoon further and cover more parts of Gujarat.
As a result, temperatures which were settling close to 40-degree mark has now dip and are settling around 30°C at many places of South Gujarat and Saurashtra.
After 48 hours, rains are likely to reduce but sky conditions would remain cloudy to overcast for next few days. As per weathermen, June is likely to end on rainy note as we expect on and off rains of varying intensity to continue during the remaining days of the month.
In fact, next good spell is not far away. Rains would decrease on June 27 but would pick up pace again by June 28.
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