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IMD predicts near-normal moonsoon this year

IANS  |  New Delhi 

Monsoon will ne near-normal this year with an expected rainfall of 96 per cent, the Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Monday

"is going to have a near-normal monsoon in 2019 as the south-west monsoon is likely to be normal," said M. Rajeevan Nair,

He said that over a long term average, they expect 96 per cent rainfall of 89 cm.

"will start weakening by June, which will ensure that good rainfall is not affected," explained Nair.

According to the latest global forecasts, weak El Nino conditions are likely to persist this summer.

"We expect a uniform distribution of monsoon across the will be well distributed. This will be a good year for farmers," added the

In 2018, against a forecast of 97 per cent long term average, had recorded 91 per cent rains at the end of July-September monsoon season.



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First Published: Mon, April 15 2019. 16:46 IST