This year’s monsoon rains expected to be 98% of long-term average: Met

In April, the state-run India Meteorological Department (IMD) forecast this year’s monsoon rains at 96% of the 50-year average of 89 cm.

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The monthly rainfall across the country is likely to be 96% of its long-term average during July.(AP File Photo)

India’s annual monsoon rainfall is expected to be 98% of the long-term average, the country’s state-run weather office said on Tuesday, raising prospects of higher farm and economic growth.

In April, the state-run India Meteorological Department (IMD) forecast this year’s monsoon rains at 96% of the 50-year average of 89 cm.

The monthly rainfall across the country is likely to be 96% of its long-term average during July, and 99% of the average during August, both with a model error of 9%, the IMD said in a statement.

First Published: Jun 06, 2017 16:35 IST