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Monsoon likely to hit Kerala on June 4, be 'below normal'

IANS  |  New Delhi 

will hit on June 4 with a variation of two days, said private forecaster on Tuesday, adding the overall was predicted to be "below average".

take up sowing of kharif crops such as paddy, soybean, cotton and jowar keeping the schedule in mind. This time the monsoon onset will be little later than the usual date of arrival on India's mainland.

The overall monsoon in the country was predicted to be "below average" at 93 per cent of Long Period Average (LPA).

The average or normal in the country is defined between 96 and 104 per cent of a 50-year average for the entire four-month monsoon season or LPA, which is 887 mm.

Developing situation and the factors responsible for the south-west monsoon are "not favourable" this time, which may not just lead to less than the average but will make its northward progression in the country "jerky" as well, the forecaster said.

The monsoon was also likely to be "jerky" as its progression across would not be smooth, the said. But pre-monsoon activities such as rains with thunderstorm will be strong.

Initial advancement of monsoon over Peninsular is likely to be slow, Jatin Singh, of Skymet, told a press conference here.

G.P. Sharma, (and Change) at Skymet, said the situation was not "happy" this time with the risk of deficient expected in and as the possibility of "below normal" monsoon was for East and

The region was likely to see "below normal" rains of up to 92 per cent of

also stares at poor monsoon.

Maharashtra's Vidarbha, Marathwada regions, West and South Madhya Pradesh, and parts of are at risk being rain deficient. The region is expected to be 91 per cent of -- lowest of all four regions in the country.

Comparatively, India and are expected to do "fairly well" this time with the odds in favour of rainfall being "normal".

In region, the monsoon is expected to be in the tune of 96 per cent.

The hilly states of Jammu and Kashmir, and Uttarakhand were likely to perform better than the plains of Punjab, Haryana, and Delhi-

In South Peninsula, the expected rainfall was 95 per cent of North and Rayalaseema of may see poor rainfall. But and coastal are likely to perform better.

--IANS

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First Published: Tue, May 14 2019. 17:56 IST
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