Hyderabad: With the onset of southwest monsoon over Kerala on 1 June that marked the commencement of the four-month-long rainy season, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted a normal monsoon for the country this year with a quantitative rainfall of 102 per cent of its long period average (LPA).

The IMD, in a statement, said the monthly rainfall over the country as a whole is likely to be 103 per cent of its LPA during July and 97 per cent of LPA during August. This means a high percentage of rainfall will be recorded during these two months.

The statement also said, “Global models are indicating that cool ENSO conditions are likely to prevail during the monsoon season and some possibility of development of weak La Nina condition in the latter part of the season."

Meanwhile, the IMD has also forecast a "normal" monsoon for Telangana and said, “The season rainfall is likely to be 102 per cent of long period average over Telangana with a model error of 8 (plus or minus)."

Speaking to NewsMeter, Mr. Mahesh Palawat, the vice-president of the Skymet, said Telangana and Andhra Pradesh districts, except the northern districts, may receive rainfall between 5 and 13 June. He further added, “Currently the progress of the monsoon is satisfactory. If the same continues, the two Telugu-speaking states may receive rainfall between the second and third week of June.”

The IMD has issued a thunderstorm warning for 2 and 3 June for Telangana. Accompanied by gusty winds ranging between 30 and 40 kmph, the two states will witness moderate to heavy showers in several isolated areas. In coastal Andhra Pradesh and Rayalseema, thunderstorms are likely to last for the next 72 hours till 3 June.

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