2018 began on a dry note across the country. In fact, most parts of the states in the country remained absolutely dry.
This time of the year is apt for the commencement of winter rains in the Northern Plains and cessation of Northeast Monsoon over the Southern Peninsular region.
However, this year has been a different story altogether, with rains remaining far and few over a larger area. So, let us have a look at the weather conditions across the regions of the country.
Practically, the region has witnessed only one spell of winter rains this season and to be precise, last 11 days of January has been completely dry. States like Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand were 100% rain deficient. Though Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh recorded some rains, that made no major difference as the deficit remained at 99% and 98%, respectively.