NF Bureau: The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued its first stage Monsoon Forecast for the country as a whole in 2019.
IMD expects the southwest monsoon seasonal rainfall will be near normal across the country.
According to the latest forecasts, the Southwest monsoon seasonal (June to September) rainfall over the country as a whole is likely to be near normal. Quantitatively, the monsoon seasonal (June to September) rainfall is likely to be 96% of the Long Period Average (LPA) with a model error of 5%. The LPA of the season rainfall over the country as a whole for the period 1951-2000 is 89 cm.
Weak El Ni conditions are likely to prevail during the monsoon season with reduced intensity in the later part of the season.
IMD will issue the second stage Monsoon-2019 Forecast during the first week of June 2019.
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