Like many parts of Northeast India, Assam has also witnessed below normal rainfall this June.
In previous years, during Ambubachi or Amati, Assam witnessed rains for several days. But this year, during Ambubachi (from June 22 to June 26), nothing such had happened. However, light rainfall gave some respite from hot weather.
As per an India Meteorological Department (IMD) release, the actual rainfall, witnessed in the Northeast during the period from June 20, 2019 to June 26, 2019, was below normal at 62.6 mm while the normal rainfall was 91.4 mm. The departure from the Low Pressure Area (LPA) was -31%.
The IMD also stated that for the country as a whole, the cumulative rainfall during this year’s southwest monsoon season up to June 26, 2019 is below LPA by 36 per cent.
During the period from June 1, 2019 to June 26, 2019, the Northeast region witnessed the actual rainfall at 171.2 mm, which is below the normal rainfall of 291.5 mm. This is below LPA by -41 pc.
Due to this weather condition, the people of Assam have experienced extreme heat this June.
However, the IMD hopes that a Low Pressure Area is very likely to form over north Bay of Bengal and neighbourhood around June 30, which is likely to become more marked subsequently.
The IMD forecasts “fairly widespread to widespread rainfall” over Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram & Tripura, West Bengal & Sikkim during the week.