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Monsoon rains: South India sees 14% increase in June rainfall over last 5 years

India's monsoon began on May 30 but fell short with only 147.2 mm of rain in June, an 11% deficit from the expected 165.3 mm, the lowest in five years. South India saw a 14% surplus, while North West, Central, and North East India faced deficits of 33%, 14%, and 13% respectively. Looking ahead, July forecasts promise above-normal rainfall of 106%.

Monsoon rains: South India sees fourteen per cent increase in June rainfall over last five years vkp
First Published Jul 2, 2024, 10:21 AM IST

India's monsoon, which arrived on schedule via the Kerala coast on May 30, has delivered mixed results in its first month. The Meteorological Department reports that instead of the anticipated 165.3 mm, only 147.2 mm of rain fell in June, resulting in an 11% rainfall deficit overall. This marks the lowest June rainfall in five years, highlighting varying precipitation patterns across the country.

Notably, South India bucked the trend with a 14% surplus in rainfall, bringing relief to the region. In contrast, North West India faced a significant 33% rainfall deficit, while Central India and North East India reported deficits of 14% and 13% respectively.

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Looking ahead, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) forecasts above-normal rainfall of 106% in July, indicating potential relief from the current deficits.

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