NEW DELHI: Monsoon is likely to start withdrawing from western Rajasthan around mid-September as is usual, but it won’t be equally swift for other parts of the country. Many parts of India will, in fact, see more rainfall from the third week of September, making the country see overall “normal to above normal” monsoon rain during the June-September season.
“The rainfall activity has declined in September as compared to August, but rains will revive in the next few days as fresh weather systems are developing,” said India Meteorological Department (IMD) director general Mrutyunjay Mohapatra while addressing a press conference over the progress of the southwest (summer) monsoon which has recorded cumulative rainfall of 107% of the long period average (LPA) during the June 1-September 6 period.
The summer monsoon rainfall of 96-104% of the LPA during June-September period is considered normal — a key factor to support farming and overall rural economy in the country.
“Though withdrawal of monsoon may begin from extreme northwest of India almost around its normal date, we are still studying as to when it’s likely to completely withdraw from the entire country,” said the IMD chief while hinting at the possibility of slightly prolonged monsoon.


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