Monsoon Arrives In Kerala, North India Likely To Receive Above Normal Rainfall
People gather in the rain as the Bandra-World Sea Link bridge stands in the background in the suburb of Bandra in Mumbai, India, on Tuesday, July 10, 2018. Photographer: Karen Dias/Bloomberg

Monsoon Arrives In Kerala, North India Likely To Receive Above Normal Rainfall

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The southwest monsoon has made an onset over Kerala, marking the commencement of the four-month long rainfall season, the India Meteorological Department said on Monday.

North India is likely to get "above normal" rainfall, while central India and the southern peninsula will receive "normal" rainfall, the IMD said in a briefing today.

However, east and northeast India are likely to receive less rainfall than other parts of the country

"The southwest monsoon has made an onset over Kerala," IMD director general Mrutyunjay Mohapatra said.

The four-month monsoon season from June to September accounts for 75 per cent of rainfall in the country.

On May 30, private forecaster Skymet Weather had declared arrival of monsoon, but the IMD had differed, saying conditions were not ripe then for such an announcement.

Also read: Live: IMD Predicts Normal Monsoon, Issues Cyclone Warning For Western India

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