New Delhi: The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has on Tuesday said that the June to September monsoon season over the country is likely to be normal as it had predicted in June.

“The rainfall over the country as a whole during second half of southwest monsoon season (August to September) is most likely to be normal (94%-106% of LPA). Quantitatively, the rainfall for the country as a whole during the second half of the season is likely to be 100% of LPA with a model error of plus or minus 8%. The rainfall during August is likely to be 99% of LPA," IMD said on Tuesday.

However, the Met department recorded an overall deficiency of minus 3% from 1 June to 7 August due to which various parts of the country are facing drought-like conditions, especially in the southern peninsula. States such as Gujarat, Rajasthan and several parts of the northeast have also witnessed floods disturbing day to day life.

The IMD has predicted heavy rainfall in flood hit areas in the coming days. The current weather analysis and numerical weather prediction models suggest that widespread rainfall activity is most likely over northeastern states, sub-Himalayan West Bengal and Sikkim and Bihar during next 4-5 day, it said.

“The atmospheric conditions over the Pacific Ocean continue to reflect neutral El-Nino conditions. The latest forecast also indicates neutral ENSO (El Niño-Southern Oscillation) conditions till 2018 spring season. The weather body added that the Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD) conditions are also neutral which is a good sign for the remaining two months. The Indian Ocean Dipole is a phenomenon associated with heating of Indian Ocean," the IMD said.

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