Monsoon to pick up in central, northwestern India by Jul 15

Monsoon in central and northwestern India, which is currently reeling under severe heat, is likely to pick up by July 15, said the MeT department.

IMD Director BP Yadav said that pressure in Bay of Bengal has affected monsoon and that there will be humidity till July 14.

He also said that the present weather is due to absence of clouds. Weak rainfall in the country since June when the monsoon season starts, crucial to the agricultural earnings, has raised concerns of a first drought in five years.

However, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has assured that the government was prepared to tackle a drought situation. In 2009 the worst drought in nearly four decades forced India, the world’s top sugar consumer, to buy large quantities of the sweetener from top producer Brazil, driving benchmark New York futures to a 30-year high.