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IMD sees Pre-Monsoon Showers Soon for South, Plains of North; Good in Parts for Standing Rabi Crops

4 Mar 2021 6:16 am
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Mumbai (Commodities Control) - The first spell of thundershowers of this year’s pre-monsoon season (March-May) is expected to break out over parts of Tamil Nadu and most of Kerala from this weekend and continue into the next, according to consensus forecasts from global weather models as also from India Meteorological Department (IMD).

US Climate Forecast System expects dryness over the South persisting for another week or so, but parts of Tamil Nadu and Kerala may receive the first thundershowers next week. Gradually, the rest of the Peninsula will return to ‘normal’ and give in to advancing thunderstorms from the seas.

Pre-monsoon showers are the key to plantation crops such as tea, rubber, coffee, pepper and cardamom in South India. However, this year the plantation regions, especially coffee, have been receiving rainfall practically every month since December.

This has resulted in a sort of blossom every month and the plants will have ripened much before the South-West monsoon ends in September.

Frequent rains will also help pepper catkins to gain weight, though new ones may not appear until the plants undergo a stress period. Plantation crops need to undergo a stress period for reproductive growth.

A fresh incoming western disturbance affecting the hills of the Himalayas from Friday may impact the adjoining plains of North-West India (mainly Punjab and Haryana).

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