The parched regions of Maharashtra have a reason to cheer. The monsoon’s surge is about to revive, ending the brief lull that had stalled its advance and got farmers worried. Weathermen from the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said that in the next two-three days, monsoon will advance over various parts of Maharashtra, starting with Konkan, Mumbai and then Marathwada and Vidarbha.”We have favourable weather systems developing over both Arabian Sea and Bay of Bengal. These conditions will make westerly winds stronger,” said KS Hosalikar, deputy director-general, IMD, western region.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Met department also said on Thursday that “conditions are once again becoming favourable for the advance of southwest monsoon over south Chhattisgarh and remaining parts of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and some parts of Odisha, Gangetic West Bengal and Jharkhand.”Since its onset on June 8, the monsoon had made rapid progress in the next three days, advancing till Karwar on west coast and Ongole near coastal Andhra on the east coast. But, from June 12 onwards, weather conditions on the west coast weakened, worrying farmers and people of drought-hit regions of a further delay. “Things are improving now. A cyclonic circulation is set to form over west-central Bay of Bengal and it is likely to move towards the west, making conditions favourable for monsoon rainfall in Maharashtra,” said Sunitha Devi, director, weather section, IMD, Pune.Private weather forecaster Skymet, too, said that rains are set to pick up pace after next 24 hours. “The cyclonic circulation over Bay of Bengal will help in increasing the monsoon surge over the west coast and we expect that the intensity of rain will increase over Interior Maharashtra as well as the coastal areas of North Maharashtra including Mumbai by June 18,” said Skymet. They added, “Further, by June 20 and June 21, moderate to heavy rain and thundershowers are expected to lash Mumbai and nearby areas. This spell may mark the onset of much-awaited monsoon over Mumbai.”

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