June monsoon rainfall weakest in five years; 43% below average

Written by Reuters | Updated: Jul 1 2014, 06:51am hrs
The monsoon rainfall was 43% below average in June, the weather office said on Monday, the weakest first month of the season in five years, reports Reuters. Rains were 34% above average a year earlier, as the monsoon arrived on June 1 and covered half the country by mid-June, two days ahead of schedule. We expect the monsoon to recover in next three to four days as signs of revival are visible over the Bay of Bengal, said BP Yadav, head at the IMDs National Weather Forecasting Centre. He said a deficiency in the first month does not mean that the four-month-long rainy season would be a failure.