Delhi to get nor­mal Mon­soon: MET Dept

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NEW DELHI: The June-septem­ber mon­soon in Delhi is likely to be ‘nor­mal' this year, the Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal Depart­ment said on Mon­day. The south-west mon­soon is likely to be 97% of the long pe­riod av­er­age (LPA), im­ply­ing nor­mal sum­mer rains ac­cord­ing to the In­dian Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal Depart­ment's (IMD'S) clas­si­fi­ca­tion.

“Delhi will ex­pe­ri­ence the third suc­cess­ful year of a nor­mal mon­soon. Fairly cer­tain In­dia will not ex­pe­ri­ence a deficit in mon­soon,” said an of­fi­cial. He added that the mon­soon this year could be 100 per­cent of the long pe­riod av­er­age (LPA) with a model er­ror of plus and mi­nus 5 per cent. In 2015, the mon­soon was de­fi­cient by 14 per cent, lead­ing to a crip­pling drought in 302 of In­dia's 640 dis­tricts. In the pre­vi­ous year, the rains were short by 12 per cent. In 2009, when In­dia wit­nessed its worst drought in three decades, farm out­put crawled 0.2 per cent, bat­tered by 22 per cent de­fi­cient Mon­soon rains.

Mean­while, the MET also pre­dicted that the na­tional Cap­i­tal and ad­join­ing ar­eas would ex­pe­ri­ence very light rain ac­com­pa­nied by strong dust rais­ing winds. The IMD said the rain and strong winds are likely to oc­cur over Delhi and the Na­tional Cap­i­tal Re­gion (NCR) in the evening. Gur­gaon and Farid­abad (Haryana) and Noida and Ghazi­abad (Ut­tar Pradesh) fall under the NCR.

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