ANN | New Delhi, 31 May 2022
India Meteorological Department (IMD) revised the monsoon rain estimates and has said that the country would experience normal or above-average monsoon rainfall for the fourth straight year, boosting agricultural and general economic growth in Asia’s third-largest economy.
“The average rainfall this monsoon season is expected to be 103 percent of the long period average,” said Mrutyunjay Mohapatra, Director General India Meteorological Department.
In April, the IMD had said the country would receive normal rainfall — 99% of the long period average
“Most parts of the country will have good and well distributed rainfall activity,” Mohapatra said releasing the Updated Long Range Forecast of Rainfall for the current monsoon season.
He said, central and peninsular India can expect 106% of long period average rainfall, while north-eastern region could get below normal rains.
The IMD defines average, or normal, rainfall as between 96 percent and 104 percent of a 50-year average of 87 cm (35 inches) for the entire four-month season beginning in June.