India is likely to witness a normal monsoon this year, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said in a presser on Monday. The monsoon will be 97 per cent of long period average (LPA), which is normal for the season, IMD Director General K G Ramesh.
There was “very less probability” of a deficient monsoon, he said, adding that another assessment will be made in June.
The date of onset of monsoon will be announced in the middle of May. Usually, southwest monsoon is tipped to arrive at the end of May hitting the shores of Kerala first.
The monsoon is considered normal if the average rainfall is between 96 to 104 per cent of long period average. Anything less than 90 per cent of LPA is termed a ‘deficient’ monsoon, and 90-96 per cent of the same is considered ‘below normal’.
The four-month monsoon season provides about 70 per cent of the country’s annual rainfall.
(With inputs from PTI)