With the first week of monsoon having seen good rainfall, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Tuesday that the four-month season was likely to bring more rain than it had earlier believed.
In its second-stage forecast for the June-September monsoon season, released on Tuesday, the IMD said the country as a whole was likely to receive 98 per cent of normal rainfall. In April, it had forecast 96 per cent rain for the season. Both the forecasts have a model error of four per cent.
The IMD said there was a 63 per cent probability that the country would receive at least 96 per cent of normal rainfall. More heartening is the fact that rainfall is likely to be evenly distributed across all geographical regions.
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