Monsoon likely to be ‘near normal’ this year: IMD

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School children walk home in the rain on the outskirts of Gauhati.. (AP/Representational)

Monsoon is likely to be “near normal” this year, the India Meteorological Department said Monday.

Monsoon is likely to be 96 per cent of the long period average (LPA), a senior official of the IMD said.

LPA is the average of rainfall between 1951 and 2000, which is 89 cm. Anything between 90-95 per cent of LPA falls under the “below normal” category.

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