Monsoon finally enters Nepal

The Meteorological Forecasting Division today officially announced the arrival of monsoon in Nepal, five days later than the normal onset date.

“Monsoon trough has entered the country from the east. Information received so far from the weather maps and satellite images show that conditions are favourable for progressive westward advancement of monsoon in remaining parts of the country over the next few days through the central region,” read a Monsoon Watch published by the MFD.

Last year too, the monsoon was delayed by three days. Earlier, the MFD had forecast that monsoon would arrive in Nepal nearly a week later than the normal date as the crucial weather system did not properly build up in the Bay of Bengal on time.

According to the MFD, Nepal is most likely to receive normal rainfall during this year’s monsoon. If it is to be analysed on a region-wise basis, some Tarai areas in the central and far-western regions will receive above-normal rainfall while hilly areas are likely to experience below-normal rainfall.

Normal rainfall is likely over the remaining parts of the country.

Nepal receives an average of 80 per cent of annual rainfall during the monsoon, which originates in the Bay of Bengal and moves along the southern flanks of the Himalayas, bringing rains to Nepal.

The average annual rainfall in Nepal is 1,600 mm, but it varies from place to place depending on the climatic conditions.

All 20 meteorological stations recorded rainfall, with heavy showers in some places today.

Simara recorded 40 mm rain followed by 37.5 mm in Pokhara, 34.5 mm in Taplejung, 30.5 mm in Lumle, 28.7 mm in Okhaldhunga, 25.7 mm in Dipayal, 22.8 mm in Bhairahawa, 20 mm in Jiri and 18.6 mm in Kathmandu in 24 hours ending at 5.45 pm.

News Source: THT

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