Monsoon likely to be normal this year, says IMD


New Delhi: The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said that India will receive normal rainfall during this year’s monsoon season. This will help nearly half of the country’s farmland that has no irrigation and depends on the annual June-September rains to grow crops such as sugarcane, rice, corn, cotton, and soybean.

According to the IMD, seasonal rainfall over the country (June to September) is likely to be 101 per cent of the Long Period Average (LPA). It means monsoon this year is likely to be normal in the country as a whole.

The weather department said that rainfall is likely to be normal in north (92 to 108 per cent) and south India (93 to 107 per cent), above-normal in central India (over 106 per cent) and below-normal in east and northeast India (less than 95 per cent).

The onset of the annual monsoon over India was delayed by two days. Met Director General M Mohapatra said that the monsoon is expected to hit the Kerala coast on June 3. It would gradually progress after entering the Indian subcontinent, he said.



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