The monsoon rains in August may have been below normal, but September will make up for the shortfall. According to the Meteorological Department, the country has received 24 percent less rainfall than normal in August, which is contrary to the IMD’s prediction, but in September, rains are expected to be above normal. India Meteorological Department (IMD) Director General Mrityunjay Mohapatra said on Wednesday that there is a possibility of above-normal rainfall in many parts of central India in September.
He said the monsoon deficit is now at nine percent and is expected to reduce further due to good rains during September. Before August, June had also recorded seven percent less rainfall. The country received 24 percent below normal rainfall in August, but in September, rains are expected to be above normal. IMD has predicted this in its forecast for September. Mohapatra also said that there is a possibility of below-normal rainfall in the southern parts of North and Northeast India and South India.
Below normal monsoon rains are expected this year due to two consecutive months of lack of rain in the four-month season of the southwest monsoon from June 1 to September 30. The IMD had earlier predicted a normal monsoon this year. Private weather forecasting agency Skymet Weather has downgraded its forecast for this year to the ‘below normal’ monsoon category.
The IMD had said in early August that during the second part of the 2021 southwest monsoon season (August to September) rainfall is likely to be normal across the country. IMD has four divisions covering different parts of the country. Northwest India has received 13 percent less rainfall than normal. North Indian plains and mountainous states come in this region. A decrease of 14 percent has been registered in the Central India division. The region includes Gujarat, Goa, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, and Maharashtra. The eastern and northeastern divisions, including Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal, and the northeastern states, have recorded a deficit of eight percent, while the southern division, which covers the southern states, has received five percent more rainfall than normal.