- The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted a normal monsoon, with the country as a whole set to receive 96% of the long period average (LPA) rainfall. However, northwest and northeast India will receive below normal rainfall.
- The IMD defines normal rainfall as between 96% and 104% of the Long Period Average (LPA). If the total rainfall is between 90% and 96% of the LPA, it falls in the “below normal” category. LPA is the 50 year average of monsoon rains in India and is pegged at 89 cm.
- The IMD issues operational forecast for the southwest monsoon seasonal (June to September) rainfall for the country as a whole in two stages. The first stage forecast is issued in April and the second stage forecast is issued in June.
- Earlier, the IMD has said that the southwest monsoon would be arrive in Kerala on June 6. The normal onset date is June 1.
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