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Goa’s wait for monsoon gets longer

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Panaji

The Indian meteorological department on Wednesday said the onset of monsoon will be further delayed, and that the monsoon is expected to arrive in the state by June 25.

The delay in the monsoon arrival has been attributed to the effect of Cyclone Vayu, whose formation in the Arabian Sea coincided with the monsoon onset that drained moisture.

The IMD has said the conditions are becoming favourable for further advance of southwest monsoon. South Konkan, Goa and adjoining south and central Maharashtra are expected to see the arrival of monsoon in the next four to five days.

The delay in monsoon arrival has disappointed everybody. Usually, during this time in June, the state starts receiving very good rainfall.

So far, until June 19, Goa has seen only 203.4 mm of rains against 513.7 mm making it a whopping 60 per cent deficient.

In the last 24 hours, Goa witnessed light to moderate rainfall with maximum rains recorded in Sankhali 34.5mm, Quepem (33.0mm), Old Goa (30.8mm), Mapusa (29.1mm), Sanguem (24.1mm).

No rain was recorded in Valpoi and Ponda.

However, the weather department has now given yellow alert indicating light to moderate rainfall with heavy rainfall at isolated places for three days starting from Friday due to strong winds and rough sea linked to the southwest monsoon.

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