Several parts of Ahmedabad received rain for a brief period on Friday night. The showers helped cool down temperatures. The IMD had earlier warned that the state may see thundershowers at isolated places.
Gujarat usually gets monsoon by mid of June.
Earlier it faced cyclonic storm Tauktate that brought large-scale destruction and heavy showers in the coastal areas of Gujarat. At that time too Ahmedabad had recorded some rain.
According to IMD’s forecast, monsoonal clouds are likely to enter Gujarat around June 15 and likely to cover the entire state by end of the month. Last year, the state received considerably good rainfall with the majority of the waterbodies filling up to the brim.
In the first two-and-a-half months of the monsoon season, the state had reported 28 % more rainfall than the long-term average. While the average rainfall for the period between June 1 and August 16 is 472.2 mm, Gujarat had recorded 604.9 mm rainfall.
On Friday southwest monsoon finally hit the Kerala coast marking the onset of monsoon in the country, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
India’s agriculture is monsoon dependent and a good monsoon is also important to recharge its water reservoirs.
According to the IMD, the monsoon is likely to advance into the remaining parts of the south Arabian Sea, some parts of the central Arabian Sea, remaining parts of Kerala and Lakshadweep, some more parts of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, some parts of coastal & south interior Karnataka, Rayalaseema and some more parts of south and the central Bay of Bengal during the next 48 hours.
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