After arriving late and then, despite predictions that the rain this year will be above normal making halting progress , monsoon remained slightly below the expectations in the first month of the season as June ended with a countrywide deficit of nearly 11 per cent.
Meanwhile, Monsoon is yet to reach several parts of the country, especially northwest India.
The deficit in June was mainly due to the eight-day delay in monsoon’s onset. It progressed well after that but did not perform as expected in central India. But the shortfall should be made up in July,” D Sivananda Pai, lead monsoon forecaster at the Met stated
The country as a whole received 145.4 mm rainfall in June, about 11 per cent lower than the normal of 163.6 mm for the period.
For the first fortnight of July, IMD expects good rainfall across all regions in July.
The country is set to receive surplus monsoon rains in the months of July and August this year, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Friday.
In its forecast for the next 15 days, the IMD has predicted an “above normal” rainfall activity over north India during first week and over central India during second week of July. Western parts of the country are likely to receive above normal rainfall activity during second week.