Below normal rainfall expected this monsoon

NEW DELHI, MAY 14 (AGENCIES) | Publish Date: 5/14/2019 11:23:18 AM IST

In bad news for the farm sector, India is expected to receive below normal rainfall during the upcoming monsoon which is likely to arrive in Kerala on June 4 and there is a 15 per cent chance of drought, private weather forecaster Skymet said on Tuesday.

Skymet said monsoon will be “below normal” in the country with a Long Period Average (LPA) of 93 per cent and an error margin of five per cent.

“It seems that initial advancement of monsoon over peninsular India is going to be slow,” Skymet CEO Jatin Singh said.

“All the four regions are going to witness lesser than normal rainfall, this season. Rainfall in East and Northeast India and central parts will be poorer than Northwest India and South Peninsula,” Singh said.

According to Skymet, there are 55 per cent chances of a below normal rainfall, which will have an influence of El Nino, a phenomenon linked to the heating of Pacific waters.

East and North East India will get 92 per cent of the LPA which falls under the below normal category.


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