Rainfall will be on the higher side of normal during August-September, the second half of monsoon season, India Meteorological Department said today.
The monsoon halted its progress across central India in the third week of June, resulting in a three-week delay in rain during the a key sowing season.
In another forecast for August, IMD Director General Mrutunjay Mohapatra said monsoon is also likely to be normal in the month.
Mohapatra said rainfall is likely to be normal to below normal over parts of north and central India.
The IMD defines average, or normal, rainfall as between 96% and 104% of a 50-year average of 88 cm (34 inches) for the four-month season beginning in June.