Northern and eastern parts of the State are likely to continue benefiting from monsoon significantly more than rest of Telangana for at least another week. The State’s monsoon receipts are not in the red due to heavy rainfall activity in these parts.

According to State’s planning department, Telangana received 307 mm of rainfall between June 1 and July 22, against a normal of 288 mm.

This slightly higher-than-normal rainfall was mainly due to excess rain in seven districts — Adilabad, Asifabad, Peddapalli, Bhupalpally, Kothagudem, Mahabubnagar and Khammam. Barring Mahabubnagar, other districts line the northern and eastern fringes of the State.

Districts that received deficient rain, defined as 20% to 50% lower-than-normal rainfall, are those around Greater Hyderabad. Sangareddy, Medak, Siddipet, Bhongir and Greater Hyderabad’s core, the Hyderabad district, have received deficient rainfall.

Chief Meteorologist of Skymet weather services, Mahesh Palawat, said a bulk of Telangana’s rainfall in northern parts of the State was due to a trend in weather systems. “The weather systems that have brought rain to Telangana so far have formed in northern parts of the Bay of Bengal and moved north-westward when they reached inland. These systems provided rain in northern parts of Telangana but did not reach the southern parts,” he said.

Incidentally, last monsoon, most northern districts recorded deficient rainfall last year.

The India Meteorological Department warned of heavy rainfall in Telangana, mainly northern parts of the State on Monday and Tuesday. A depression over Jharkhand, which is expected to lose steam and turn into a well-marked low-pressure system on Monday, is the cause.

“Over the next one week to 10 days, there appears no weather trend that can bring significantly higher rainfall in central and southern parts of Telangana. Rainfall activity is expected to be concentrated in northern Telangana,” Mr. Palawat added.

However, August could turn things around for the rest of the State. As warming patterns change in the northern hemisphere, weather systems could develop in the southern Bay of Bengal, which could bring rain to rest of Telangana.

The weather systems that have brought rain to Telangana so far have formed in northern parts of the Bay of Bengal and moved north-westward when they reached inland.

Mahesh Palawat,

Chief Meteorologist of Skymet weather services


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