SW Monsoon darts into North India

The monsoon galloped through central India and entered the north on Tuesday , reaching the doorstep of west UP , while almost covering Uttarakhand, Himachal and J&K. The winds have now weakened and further advance in the next few days is unlikely , met officials said.
Many parts of Uttar Pradesh, including Lucknow, were lashed by light to heavy showers, killing at least 13 persons in rain-related accidents at different places.
The monsoon now covers more than two-thirds of the country , with only Gujarat and parts of the northern plains -Rajasthan, west UP , Delhi, Haryana and Punjab -out of its ambit.
The current surge, the third since monsoon hit Kerala, carried the rain system into more than half of India in five days, moving from north Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh into Maharashtra, MP , Odisha, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Bengal, Bihar, east UP and the northwestern hill states. “ The system has weakened and the monsoon is unlikely to progress further in the next few days,“ said B P Yadav, director, IMD.

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