Friday, June 14, 2024

IMD retains ‘above normal’ forecast for monsoon

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has retained its outlook of an ‘above normal’ monsoon this year. In April, the agency had forecast June-September rainfall to be 6% above the normal of 87 cm. India’s north-eastern States are expected to receive deficient rains. The monsoon ‘core zone,’ which encompasses most of central India and critical for the kharif crop, and southern India are expected to see ‘above normal’ rainfall, Mrutunjay Mohapatra, Director-General, IMD, said on Monday.

The conditions for the onset of monsoon over Kerala were “favourable” and likely in the next five days. Cyclone Remal, which made landfall in Bangladesh on Monday, had given a push to the eastern branch of the approaching monsoon system. The cyclone has nudged it closer to the Indian mainland though it was yet uncertain if the monsoon would begin in eastern India before Kerala — an extremely unusual, but not unprecedented phenomenon, said Mr. Mohapatra.

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