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Monsoon to be below normal over north, south India: IMD

June 03, 2019 02:18 PM

The overall monsoon across the country is "most likely" to be normal this season but it will be below normal over north and south India, the India Meteorological Department said in its forecast Friday. The El-Nino phenomenon, generally believed to have its impact on monsoon, will continue during the rainy season. However, there is a possibility of these conditions to turn neutral during the later part of the rainfall season, the IMD said. The El-Nino is linked to the heating of Pacific waters. Monsoon is likely to be below normal in July and normal in August. "Rainfall over the country as a whole for the 2019 southwest monsoon season is most likely to be normal," the IMD said. It is likely to be 96 per cent of the Long Period Average, the IMD said. The LPA over the country as a whole from 1951- 2000 is 89 centimeters. Anything between 96-104 per cent of the LPA is normal. Monsoon is categorised as below normal if the LPA is between 90-96 per cent and classified as deficient, if below that. Anything above 110 per cent of the LPA is classified as excess. Region-wise, the seasonal rainfall is likely to be 94 per cent of LPA over north-west India, 100 per cent of LPA over central India, 97 per cent of LPA over southern peninsula and 91 per cent of LPA over northeast India.

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