Hyderabad: The southwest monsoon raced into Telangana, raining copiously in Hyderabad on Sunday and clouds covering the sky over large parts of the state — almost a week ahead of the traditional onset date of June 12.
The monsoon clouds entered the sky over the southern-most Jogulamba-Gadwal district on Saturday. By Sunday, they advanced over 13 of Telangana state’s 33 districts. It has covered the districts of Wanaparthy, Mahbubnagar, Narayanpet, Ranga Reddy, Vikarabad, Yadadri-Bhongir, Nalgonda, Medchal-Malkajgiri, Medak, Sangareddy and Hyderabad, apart from Jogulamba Gadwal.
The Indian Meteorological Office here said it expects the monsoon to cover the other 20 districts by June 10.
According to the IMD’s Dr K. Nagaratna, Telangana state will witness a normal monsoon this year. The total rainfall is expected to be less than last year’s, which had seen the state receiving 48 per cent more rainfall than normal.
The state received an average rainfall of 3.3 mm on Sunday, with the Medchal-Malkajgiri district recording the highest rainfall at 18.2 mm. Meanwhile, the forecast for the next four days suggests light to moderate rain very likely at a few places over Telangana until Thursday. Some places may also see thunderstorms accompanied by lightning, the IMD said.