In the last few days, the rain-bearing system has spread far and wide especially in the hill states and on Wednesday, it reached Jammu and Kashmir after covering the capital Delhi.
Already, the Met department has issued an orange alert for tourist states of Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh as heavy rain is expected on these regions on Thursday and Friday.
An orange alert is a notch below the highest red alert. “Heavy rains in these states may cause a lot of problems given their topography being hill regions,” said B.P. Yadav, director of Indian Meteorological department.
Further, Yadav pointed out that conditions were ripe for the monsoon to cover the entire country by Friday. This is much ahead of its normal date of July 15.
The country witnessed another active rainy day on Wednesday that further increased the rain surplus to 24% in June.
Monsoon will remain active in central and northwest India for the next 3-4 days before entering a weak phase, said Yadav.
According to the Met office, the monsoon covered Bihar on Wednesday while advancing into most parts of Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and eastern Uttar Pradesh.
The rain-bearing system spread through most parts of Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand, covered the whole of Jammu and Kashmir and moved into some parts of Punjab and east Rajasthan.
The northward progress of the clouds is the result of two convergent systems over northwest India – first, a western disturbance and second, a depression moving up from the Arabian sea which led to heavy showers on Gujarat on Wednesday.
Due to this phenomenon, heavy showers are expected in Delhi by Friday which may last for 2-3 days.
Rainfall is expected to decrease over northwest and central India as the monsoon enters a weak phase, but would continue to remain active for a few more days in east and northeast India.