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Last Updated : Apr 04, 2018 02:33 PM IST | Source: PTI

Expect 'normal' southwest monsoon, says Skymet

However, the southern peninsula and major portions of northeast India are likely to witness "below normal" rainfall this season, it said in a statement.

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The country is likely to witness a "normal" southwest monsoon, private weather forecasting agency Skymet said in its forecast today.

However, the southern peninsula and major portions of northeast India are likely to witness "below normal" rainfall this season, it said in a statement.

"India is most likely to witness normal annual Monsoon rains at 100 percent of the Long Period Average (LPA)," it said.

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The monsoon is considered 'normal' if the average rainfall is between 96-104 percent of LPA. Anything less than 90 percent of LPA is termed a "deficient" monsoon, and 90-96 percent of LPA is considered "below normal".

There is only 20 percent chance of above normal monsoon rains, 20 percent chance of below normal rains and zero percent chance of a drought, Skymet said.

June would record excess rainfall, July is likely to be normal and August below normal, it added.

Rainfall activity will pick up again in September.

The four-month monsoon season gives about 70 percent of the country's rainfall.
First Published on Apr 4, 2018 02:20 pm
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