| A peacock at Patna zoo spreads its plumes and dances as clouds gather in the skies above the city with the arrival of monsoon. Picture by Nagendra Kumar Singh |
The wait is over. The wet days are in.
The monsoon announced its arrival in the state capital on Tuesday early morning with the sound of pitter-patter on windows. As the day progressed, the rain stopped. But the monsoon clouds hovered over the skies, putting brakes on soaring mercury. The temperature around 12noon on Tuesday was 33°C.
The India Meteorological Department, Patna, confirmed that the monsoon covered 75 per cent of Bihar, including the state capital, on Tuesday. Ashish Sen, the director of IMD-Patna, told The Telegraph: “The southwest monsoon has covered three-fourth of the state, including Patna. It will reach the north-western parts of the state within the next 24 hours.”
The midday bulletin of the IMD-Delhi on Tuesday said southwest monsoon had advanced over the remaining parts of Vidarbha, Odisha, Bengal and Sikkim, some more parts of Chhattisgarh, some parts of south Madhya Pradesh and several parts of Bihar and Jharkhand. The northern limit of monsoon passed through Veraval, Navsari, Malegaon, Betul, Seoni, Ambikapur, Gaya, Patna and Raxaul on Tuesday.
Residents of the capital can expect light to moderate rainfall in the next 48 hours. “Mainly cloudy skies accompanied by light to moderate rainfall are forecast for the next 48 hours in Patna. There can be moderate to heavy rainfall after 48 hours if the low pressure area prevailing over north west Bay of Bengal advances towards Bihar,” said Sen.
Rainfall up to 17mm is expected till Wednes- day morning.
The first monsoon morning this year gave Patnaites the much-awaited respite from the long summer spell. It came as a delight.
“We got habituated to feeling the heat just after waking up. But there was a pleasant surprise in store this (Tuesday) morning. We woke up to the sound of pitter-patter and breezy winds. My wife and I enjoyed watching the maiden monsoon rain with a morning cuppa from the veranda,” said Amit Kumar, a resident of Ashiana Nagar.
Weather scientists in the state expect light to moderate rainfall over a week’s time. “On the basis of the normal entry of monsoon and the prevailing weather conditions, light to moderate rainfall is expected in most parts of the state over a week. It would help in transplanting seedlings in farms at present,” said Abdul Sattar, the assistant professor of meteorology at Rajendra Agriculture University in Samastipur district.