Above normal rainfall this year: IMD

Above-normal-rainfall-this-Above normal rainfall is expected this year and the south-west monsoon will bring in the much needed relief, according to Indian Meteorological Department.

LS Rathore, the Chief of IMD who addressed media conference this afternoon in Delhi has stated that Tamil Nadu and North Eastern states will have unfavourable weather conditions this year.

“After two successive years of deficient rainfall, we expect more this year.. say between 104 and 110 per cent of the long-term average, LS Rathore, told media.
Nearly ten states- including Telangana and AP- have been reeling under severe drought conditions. The advent of South-West monsson will be in the second week of June and will continue to be till first week of September, it is predicted.

Marathwada, which is suffering from the worst drought in 70 years, monsoon will be better than normal. Central India too, will receive better than average rains, the met department said.

The chance of an excess monsoon was 94 per cent, Mr Rathore said. The normalcy was because El Nino weather pattern, which leads to dry spells in South Asia, is fading and is being replaced by La Nina, he said.

Typically less damaging than El Nino, La Nina is characterised by unusually cold ocean temperatures in the equatorial Pacific Ocean.

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