This was stated in the first Long Range Forecast (LRF) issued by IMD which also mentioned that the country as a whole is expected to receive 96 per cent of the Long Period Average (LPA) during June to September months, this year.
India’s summer monsoon, in the months of June, July, August and September, which brings in about 70% of annual rainfall in the country, is already known to be heavily influenced by the variability in sea-surface temperatures of Pacific Ocean.
The crop-cutting exercise in Amreli district started around two weeks ago and is likely to go on for three more weeks. Representatives of insurance companies, district panchayat and farmers are jointly conducting the crop cutting experiments under the supervision of revenue officers.
The yield estimates in Amreli does not augur well for farmers of Gujarat, the largest cotton and groundnut producing state of India. It also comes in a season when Surendranagar has seen a drop in acreage due to a drought-like situation.
In Panchkula, the rainfall recorded during the ongoing season so far has been 484.4 mm. In Mohali, 749.4 mm has been recorded in the past four months. Among the three cities, Panchkula has witnessed a deficit rainfall compared to the seasonal average.
In 22 cities of sizeable population, 95 per cent of monsoon precipitation occurs over three days to 27 days on average, according to an analysis of rainfall data provided to The Sunday Express by the India Meteorological Department (IMD).
The Delhi-National Capital Region (NCR) woke up to heavy showers on Thursday morning. The Indian Meteorological Department has predicted heavy to very heavy rainfall in Delhi NCR and heavy rains at isolated places across northern India over the next five days.