Saturday, 1 August 2020
July ended with a 10-per cent rainfall deficiency but monsoon is likely to be normal in the second half of the four-month rainfall season, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Friday.IMD director general Mrutyunjay Mohapatra said the month of July ended with a 10-per cent rainfall deficiency, mostly due to low rains in parts of north and central India.
The IMD had predicted that July will get rainfall that is 103 per cent of the Long Period Average (LPA), which falls in the "normal" category. June had received 17 per cent more rainfall than normal.In its Long Range Forecast for rainfall in the second half (August-September) of the 2020 Southwest Monsoon, the IMD said August is likely to receive rainfall that is 97 per cent of the LPA with an error margin of plus/minus nine per cent.
"Quantitatively, the rainfall over the country as a whole during the second half of the season is likely to be 104 per cent of the LPA with an error margin of plus/minus eight per cent," it said.The LPA rainfall over the country for the 1961-2010 period is 88 centimetres.Monsoon in the range of 96-104 per cent of the LPA is considered normal. The official rainfall season in the country is from June 1 to September 30.The onset of monsoon over Kerala was on June 1 and until July 31, the country had received normal rainfall.