Monsoon weakens, triggers concern of sub-normal July rain

By: | Published: July 8, 2015 12:53 AM

Monsoon showers lost further momentum to drop 2% from the long-period average (LPA) up to Tuesday, reinforcing concerns the country may witness below-normal rainfall in July after a bountiful June.

Monsoon showers lost further momentum to drop 2% from the long-period average (LPA) up to Tuesday, reinforcing concerns the country may witness below-normal rainfall in July after a bountiful June.

According to the latest data by the India Meteorological Department (IMD), the country received 219.4 millimetres (mm) of rainfall up to July 7, compared with the LPA of 224.1 mm. Having received a 28% above-normal rainfall between June 1 and June 25, the country has witnessed a drop (in the percentage term) in excess rainfall consistently until Tuesday. The monsoon shower was 1% lower than the LPA until June 11 before gaining momentum and ended the month with rainfall exceeding the benchmark average by 16%.

Analysts don’t see any threat to farm production yet, as rainfall up to Tuesday was still in the normal range of 96% to 104% of the LPA. Water reserves until July 2 were also 29% higher than a year before and areas under various summer-sown crops had risen almost 58% up to July 3 from the same period last year. However, if monsoon slows further drastically in the coming weeks, it would affect sowing in some parts, they added.

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