Monsoon to be near normal this year, says MeT

The Indian Metrological Department (IMD) on Monday predicted that quantitatively, the monsoon seasonal (June to September) rainfall is likely to be 96 per cent of the Long Period Average.

Written by Newsroom Staff April 15, 2019 18:46

New Delhi: The Indian Metrological Department (IMD) on Monday predicted that quantitatively, the monsoon seasonal (June to September) rainfall is likely to be 96 per cent of the Long Period Average.

The forecast has a model error of 5 per cent, according to the weather department.

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The southwest Monsoon, which brings rainfall to India during the months of June to September, is likely to be “near-normal” this year with weakening El Nino weather pattern predicted.

“Overall, the country is expected to have well-distributed rainfall scenario during the 2019 monsoon season, which will be beneficial to farmers in the country during the ensuing Kharif season,” added the weather forecaster.

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The IMD defines average, or normal, rainfall as between 96 percent and 104 percent of a 50-year average of 89 centimetres for the entire four-month season beginning June.

Earlier on April 4, the private weather forecaster Skymet said that India will face a below normal rainfall this June-September monsoon.

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