Published on August 6, 2022

Ahmedabad: A data tabled in Rajya Sabha recently indicated that Gujarat in an unusual instance got 60% excess rainfall in the first one and a half months of monsoon in June and July which was the third highest in terms of percentage among Indian states.

According to the data, Telangana already received double the rainfall compared to seasonal rainfall till July-end based on decadal average (107%), whereas Tamil Nadu got 77% excess rainfall.

The only other state with more than 50% excess rainfall was Rajasthan at 58%. India has overall recorded 10% excess rains.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) data indicated 42% excess rains for Saurashtra and 27% for the rest of Gujarat. Based on the long-term average, only Dahod was in red at 37% deficit as of August 5. Out of 33 districts, 18 or 56% of the districts had recorded excess rainfall, whereas the rest have recorded normal rainfall.

The recently-released forecast for the second half of monsoon indicated that the good run for Gujarat may continue in August and September. The IMD forecast for Gujarat for the next four days indicated chances of heavy rainfall in Sabarkantha, Aravalli, Mahisagar, Navsari, Valsad, Rajkot, Junagadh, Amreli, Gir Somnath, Surat, Dang, Tapi and Porbandar districts. Other districts may receive light to moderate showers, it added.

“The state has benefited from the good monsoon. It can also be seen as climate change with increase in temperature and increase in rainfall. Kutch has already received 100% of the seasonal rainfall by end of July,” said a Met department official.

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