June 6, 2018 / 10:45 AM / in 2 months

IMD retains its average monsoon rains forecast

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - The India Meteorological Department retained its monsoon forecast at 97 percent of a long-term average on Wednesday.

People walk on water-logged railway tracks during rains at a railway station in Mumbai, India, August 29, 2017. REUTERS/Shailesh Andrade/Files

IMD defines average, or normal, rainfall as between 96 percent and 104 percent of a 50-year average of 89 cm for the entire four-month season beginning June.

The monthly rainfall over the country as a whole is likely to be 101 percent of a long-term average during July and 94 percent of long-term average during August.

Reporting by Neha Dasgupta, editing by David Evans

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