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Monsoon rains seen below normal this year, says Skymet

'We are looking at 15% chance for drought and there is no chance of excess rainfall'

Reuters 

Skymet forecasts 'above normal' rainfall

rains in India are expected to be below normal this year, the country's only private weather forecasting agency said on Wednesday, dampening prospects of higher farm and economic growth in the $2.6 trillion economy.

"The Pacific Ocean has become strongly warmer than average. The model projections call for 80 per cent chance of El Nino during March-May, dropping to 60 per cent for June to August," Jatin Singh, managing director of Skymet, told reporters.

"This means, it is going to be a devolving El Nino year, though retaining threshold values all through the season. Thus, 2019 is likely to be below normal."

The season delivers about 70 per cent of India's annual and is key to the success of the farm sector in Asia's third-biggest economy.

In February, Skymet said monsoon rains in India are expected to be normal this year.

Indian's top government weather official said last month that monsoon is likely to be a robust and healthy one this year provided there isn't a surprise El Nino phenomenon.

First Published: Wed, April 03 2019. 13:57 IST
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