The state’s tryst with monsoon would begin in advance this year, provided the weather conditions remain as favourable as they are now for a week.
Weathermen are expecting its arrival in the state two to three days in advance, giving relief to residents sapped by sultry conditions prevailing in the city and most parts of the state for the past few days. The normal date of arrival of monsoon in Bihar is June 13. In the past four years, it arrived late. (See graphic)
The Met department officials said the weather conditions in the state and the advancement of rain-bearing clouds over the Bay of Bengal hinted at the arrival of monsoon in a week. Though unbearable for the residents, the high level of humidity would hasten rains.
Ashish Sen, director, India Meteorological Department (IMD), Patna, told The Telegraph: “Easterly winds and high level of moisture are highly favourable for the onset of monsoon at a place. The level of moisture in the troposphere over the city and most parts of the state is very high at present because of the cyclonic circulation, which caused rainfall in the last week. The wind direction would remain easterly for a few weeks. Considering the way the easterly component of the southwest monsoon is advancing over the Bay of Bengal, it is expected to hit Bihar two to three days earlier than its expected date.”
The midday bulletin of the IMD on Monday stated that the conditions were favourable for the advancement of the southwest monsoon in some more parts of central Arabian Sea, Goa, south Konkan, south-central Maharashtra, and some more parts of interior Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and the Bay of Bengal during the next two to three days.
Highlighting the possibility of light rainfall in the city in the next 48 hours, Sen said: “The temperature is unlikely to cross the 40°C mark but it would gradually rise in the next few days. The soaring mercury is expected to reach around 38°C amid high moisture content in the next 48 hours, leading to thunder squall and light rainfall in the city.”
Till it rains, the weather would be muggy — as it had been in the past couple of days. Rajnish Kumar, a resident of the Ashok Rajpath area, said: “I had stopped using the air-conditioner in my room after it rained in the past weekend. But I switched it on again today (Monday).”
Health experts suggested residents to be cautious while monsoon is on its way to the state. “This is a transition phase of the weather. Allergic disorders and gastroenteritis are common in changing weather conditions. In order to avoid such ailments, people should keep away from contaminated food and water. Intake of seasonal fruits like amla, lemon and watermelon among others is advisable,” said Dr Rajiv Ranjan Prasad, a professor of physiology at Patna Medical College and Hospital.