New Delhi: The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has informed based on its forecast that the southwest monsoon will be normal this year. The Met department said the average rainfall between June and September is expected to be 868.6 mm. According to the IMD, rainfall is estimated to be 96 to 104 per cent of the 87-centimetre long-term average (LPA) for the 1971-2020 period.
"India may receive 868.6 mm of rainfall on the basis of 1971-2020 (period) for the southwest Monsoon season. In the 1961-2010 period, the rainfall was recorded at 880.6 mm. Meanwhile, the average rainfall based on 1971-2020 is now likely to be 1160.1 mm, compared to the earlier average rainfall of 1176.9 mm (based on 1961-2010).''
The IMD has said that many areas of the northern peninsula and central India as well as the foothills of the Himalayas and parts of northwest India are likely to receive above-normal rainfall during this period. Meanwhile, several areas of northeast India, parts of northwest India and southern parts of the southern peninsula are expected to receive "below normal" rainfall.