India can expect more rain this monsoon season than previously forecast, the weather bureau said.
“The average rainfall this monsoon season is expected to be 103% of the long-term average,” Indian Meteorological Department director general Mrutyunjay Mohapatra told reporters.
In April, the weather department had said the country would get normal rain — 99% of the long-term average.
“Most parts of the country will have good and well-distributed rainfall,” said Mr Mohapatra in releasing the updated long-term rainfall forecast for the current monsoon season.
He said central and peninsular India could expect 106% of the average rainfall over long periods, while the northeastern region could fall below normal rainfall.
The IMD had announced the start of monsoon over Kerala on May 29, which was three days earlier than the normal start date.
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