IMD's latest forecast: Average monsoon this year1 min read . Updated: 31 May 2019, 01:57 PM IST
- Monsoon rainfall is expected to be 96% of the LPA
- Monsoon season delivers about 70% of India's annual rainfall
Mumbai: India is likely to see average monsoon rains this year, the state-run weather office said on Friday, which should support agricultural production and economic growth in Asia's third-biggest economy, where half of the farmland lacks irrigation.
The IMD defines average, or normal, rainfall as between 96% and 104% of a 50-year average of 89 centimetres for the entire four-month season beginning June.
In July, the country could receive 95% rainfall of LPA, while in August rains could 99% of LPA, it said.
The monsoon season delivers about 70% of India's annual rainfall and is key to the success of the farm sector in Asia's third-biggest economy.
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