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Monsoon improving, normal rainfall likely in August: weather official

PTI  New Delhi, July 26, 2014
First Published: 18:46 IST(26/7/2014) | Last Updated: 18:53 IST(26/7/2014)
In a forecast that will cheer vast swathes of the country, weather officials have said the momentum picked up by southwest monsoon in July is likely to continue in August with normal rainfall expected next month.
While July is likely to receive rainfall of 93% of the Long Range Forecast (LPA), "rainfall of 96% of the LPA" is expected in August, said Shailesh Nayak, secretary in the ministry of earth sciences.
Nayak, however, added that they would "also have to see the rainfall in the next few days of the month".
The MeT department has already said that India would experience a deficit monsoon this year.
According to the Indian Meteorological Department, 96-104% of the LPA means normal rainfall, whereas 90-96% makes for below normal monsoon showers.
Monsoon rainfall was deficient in June, but picked up in July.
"The rainfall looks good for the next three weeks till August 15. There is formation of a depression which will bring good rainfall," Nayak said.
He added that rainfall may continue to be deficient in northwest India.
The MeT department had said on Friday the parts of Kutch and Saurashtra in northwest India had seen vigorous monsoon in the last few days.

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