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Monsoon to hit Kerala on May 29: IMD

IANS  |  New Delhi 

Monsoon rains are set to arrive in India, with receiving the first showers on May 29, the Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Friday.

is set to get a normal monsoon this year, with average rainfall likely to be 97 per cent -- essential for the economy.

The southwest monsoon will mark the beginning of the rainy season. As it progresses northward, the heat marred region will experience relief from scorching summer, Met said.

"The southwest monsoon is expected to set in over on May 29 with a model error of plus-minus four days," IMD said.

In 2017, the average seasonal rainfall over northwest was 95 per cent, in 106 per cent, in southern peninsula 92 per cent and in 89 per cent.

Over 50 percent of the Indian population is dependent on agriculture and allied sectors. The maximum area under cultivation depends on rain.

Earlier in April, IMD said that India was set to get a normal monsoon this year, with average rainfall likely to be 97 per cent. The prediction stands at a moderate error estimated of plus-minus 5 per cent of the Average (LPA).

A figure between 96 to 104 percent is considered normal monsoon. Monsoon season normally extends from June 1 to September 30.

In 2017, India got the first showers through the southwest monsoon on May 30.

--IANS

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First Published: Fri, May 18 2018. 18:46 IST
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