Widespread Rains over Himachal, Jammu-Kashmir; Kerala and Tamil Nadu in for Heavy Showers

Southwest Monsoon withdrawal line is passing through North Coastal Andhra Pradesh, South Telangana, North Karnataka, North Bay of Bengal, and West Bengal. • The Western Himalayan area is still under effect of a Western Disturbance (WD) and accompanying Cyclonic Circulation (CC) around north Pakistan and Haryana. This may result in fairly widespread rain/snow with thunderstorms over Himachal Pradesh, Jammu-Kashmir, and Ladakh for next 1-2 days. • Isolated to scattered showers with thunderstorms and lightning are predicted to occur during next 1-2 days in and around Uttarakhand, Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, and Rajasthan due to a moist north-westerly flow linked to the previously mentioned WD. • Another CC sits over Tamil Nadu to the south, causing scattered heavy rainfall over Tamil Nadu and Kerala – Mahe for next 1-2 days. • From 18-19th October, severe rainfall is predicted over the Andaman-Nicobar Islands due to yet another CC and monsoon trough. • Furthermore, a new low-pressure area (LPA) is probably going to emerge over the southeast Arabian Sea in next 36 hours and this LPA may marginally intensify into a depression by 21st Oct, and shift away from the Indian subcontinent, to the west and northwest. • Fairly widespread rain and thunderstorms are expected over Coastal Karnataka for next 1-2 days. • For the following few days, dry weather is predicted to dominate the rest of the nation, speeding up the Southwest Monsoons withdrawal in the east. • For the next five days, the maximum temperatures in Northwest India are expected to be well lower-than-normal, while the remainder of the nation will have well higher-than-normal temperatures and no heat wave conditions. • With the exception of Northwest India, where overnight minimum temperatures are expected to be 2-4°C below average during the next two days, overnight minimum temperatures should remain higher than usual throughout the nation. Advisory to Farmers: • Farmers are advised to stop irrigating the paddy crop before a fortnight to maintain the optimum grain moisture, facilitate easy harvesting and timely sowing of succeeding crop in the same field. • Farmers are also advised to harvest the mature crop in states like Punjab, Haryana, UP etc., as per the weather forecast and keep the harvested produce at a safer place. • To protect basmati rice from blast, spray 500 gm Indofil Z-78 or 200 ml Amritsar Top 325 SC per acre in 200 litres of water per acre at boot and ear emergence stage. • Rabi sowing of wheat, mustard, rapeseed and chickpea can be carried in this week. • To hasten boll opening in cotton, it is advised to withhold the irrigation to the crop. • Picking should be done after every 8-10 days to avoid loss. Do not keep the picked cotton in wet water channel in the field, as this practice impairs the quality of cotton. • The attack of maize borer can be checked by spraying with 30 ml of Coragen 18.5 SC in 60 litres of water per acre with knapsack sprayer. • It is the time for sowing of late season varieties and transplanting of mid-season varieties of cauliflower. • It is best time for sowing of spinach, fenugreek, coriander, radish, turnip, garlic and early varieties of pea i.e. Matar Ageta7 and AP-3. • Sowing of early varieties of potato can also be done i.e. Kufri Surya, Kufri Pukhraj, Kufri Ashoka and Kufri Chandramukhi.

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