The Indian Meteorological Department released the monsoon forecast for June-September on Tuesday (May 31), as the southwest monsoon rains have just entered India. According to the report, the country will receive 103 percent of normal rainfall this year. Maharashtra will see above average rainfall this season in central Maharashtra, Marathwada and parts of Vidarbha.
The meteorological department had previously released a long-term forecast of monsoon rains on April 14. According to the forecast, the country will receive 99 percent more rain than the national average. However, taking current weather conditions into account, the rainfall forecast has been increased to 103 percent. It is also expected to be plus or minus four percent. The long-term average rainfall in India from 1971 to 2020 is 87 cm. Compared to this average, the country will receive 103 percent rainfall in four months of the season.
Most of Maharashtra is expected to receive above average rainfall in four months. Rainfall will be normal in eastern Vidarbha, including Konkan and coastal areas. However, northern Maharashtra, western Maharashtra as well as most of Marathwada and three to four districts of Vidarbha are expected to receive above average rainfall. The country will receive normal to above normal rainfall in central India and the south. There will be normal rainfall in North East India and West India. However, the northeastern states of Mizoram, Tripura and Manipur are forecast to receive below-average rainfall this year.
After Kerala, the southwest monsoon has now reached parts of southern Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. The monsoon is expected to hit Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Goa and some parts of the Konkan region in the next two to three days. S. Hosalikar tweeted.