KATHMANDU, June 13: This year's monsoon has entered Nepal - two days later than the tentative time to arrive in the country. Monsoon this time made its entry from the eastern part of the country on the evening of June 12 and its activities are likely to be accelerated ahead.
Under this circumstance, the Meteorological Forecasting Division (MFD) has called for being on alert. According to Meteorologist Bibhuti Pokhrel, monsoon activities are predicted to speed up ahead as monsoon is being escalated nationwide from tomorrow. Bearing the untoward development in mind, the MFD has urged all concerned to make the required preparations. The four-month period from June 10 to September is considered as a monsoon in South Asia.
During the monsoon, Nepal receives around 80 percent of its annual rainfall. The average monsoon rainfall in Nepal is 1499.6 millimetres. Last year, the monsoon had entered the country on June 20, ten days later than the usual time and ended on October 12. This time, monsoon is expected to bring average rain. As predicted by the South Asian Climate Outlook Forum, there will be average rainfall this time in the country. According to meteorologists, average rainfall does not mean that it will trigger no incidences of natural disasters like floods and landslides.
Lumle of Kaski receives the highest monsoon rainfall. Presently, it is partially to generally cloudy across the country. Light to moderate rainfall accompanied by thunderstorms is likely to take place at some parts of Province 1, Bagmati, Gandaki, Karnali and Sudur Pashchim provinces and at one or two places of the remaining provinces this afternoon. As per the MFD's latest details, the Kathmandu Valley's minimum temperature today was 21.5 degree Celsius and maximum temperature 30.9 degree Celsius.
Today, Jumla recorded the lowest 15.6 degree Celsius temperature while Nepalgunj reported the highest 38.2 degree Celsius-.