The month of February remained almost dry for India wherein the average of maximum temperature was highest in last 122 years. The first half of March also witnessed above normal temperature with dry weather conditions.
Pre-Monsoon activities were seen from March 16 and intensified between March 17 and 20. Rain and thundershowers continued over most parts of country with short break in between. As on March 25th, countrywide surplus is 29%. 23 subdivisions are large excess, 2 are excess, 2 are in normal rain category, 7 are deficient and 2 are large rain deficient. Overall, 73% area of country have received large excess rain.
Rain activities have subsided since the last two days, particularly over the central parts of the country which has received enormous amount of rain. We expect the weather conditions to remain almost dry across the country until March 29. There may be scattered rain over Northeast India and isolated over the East Coast of the country. Temperatures are expected to increase across Northwest, Central and East India until March 29.
A fresh Western Disturbance will reach Western Himalayas by March 30. Fresh spell of rain and thundershowers will commence and may cover many parts of the country including Punjab, Rajasthan, Delhi, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Odisha to West Bengal and northeast India. These pre monsoon weather activities are expected to continue until April 1st.