The India Meteorological Department (IMD) confirmed its forecast issued in April and presented an update according to which between June and September, rainfall of the south-west monsoon season will be normal this year.
According to the latest update by the IMD, monsoon rainfall as a whole will likely be 98 per cent of the long period or 50 year average (LPA) for the entire country, more than the 96 per cent estimated by IMD in April.
This will come in as a huge relief to the drought hit states like Maharashtra, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.
Region wise, the season rainfall is likely to be 96 per cent of LPA over north-west India, 100 per cent of LPA over central India, 99 per cent of LPA over south peninsula and 96 per cent of LPA over north-east India. The monthly rainfall over the country as whole is likely to be 96 per cent of its LPA during July and 99 per cent of LPA during August.
The onset of monsoon kicks off the sowing season for summer crops in the country. India receives 70 per cent of its annual rainfall during this period, which irrigates over half of its rain-fed crop lands.