The Hush Post | 17:22 | One-minute read
Monsoon this year is expected to arrive on the southern Kerala coast on or before June 4. Skymet, country’s only private weather forecasting agency said in a statement on Tuesday that rainfall will be less than average in 2019.
The country is likely to receive 93% rainfall of the long period average. The monsoon rains are going to begin under the shadow of El Nino and weather models have indicated towards a weak onset over Indian continent.
The forecast has dampened the prospects of higher farm and economic growth in the $2.6 trillion economy. The monsoon season delivers about 70 per cent of India’s annual rainfall and is key to the success of the farm sector in Asia’s third-biggest economy.
Rains usually lash Kerala around June 1 and cover the whole country by mid-July. Timely rains trigger planting of crops such as rice, soybeans and cotton.
In the statement, Skymet stated that 95% of normal rains are expected in southern peninsula between June to September, 92% in eastern India and the north-east.
For the north-west India, 60% chance of normal monsoon is there while for central India, there is a 50% chance of below normal monsoon season.
Meanwhile, east and north-east India will see below normal monsoon which is 50% chance of rains.
For the southern peninsula, there is around 60 per cent chance of normal rains.