Hyderabad: Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecasted light to moderate rain and thundershowers at isolated places over Telangana in the next five days.

IMD said thunderstorms accompanied with lightning and gusty winds blowing at a speed of 30-40 kmph are likely to occur at isolated places across the state.

"Due to wind discontinuity from Marathwada to north interior Karnataka at 0.9km above mean sea level and the cyclonic circulation over interior Odisha and neighborhood extending up to 1.5 km above mean sea level, light to moderate rain, or thundershowers are very likely to occur at isolated places over Telangana in the next five days," said IMD.

In Hyderabad, there is a likelihood of a cloudy sky with light to moderate rain or thundershowers.

The maximum and minimum temperatures in the city will be between 34°C and 20.8°C respectively. On Tuesday, the maximum temperature was 35.2°C.

According to Telangana State Development Planning Society, Laxmidevipalli in Bhadradri Kothagudem recorded the highest rainfall of 40.1 mm. Mehdipatnam in the city recorded the highest rainfall of 4.4 mm.

Meanwhile, Skymet Weather, a private weather forecast agency, said that the monsoon was likely to be 103% of the long-period average (LPA) this year. The LPA refers to the average all India monsoon rainfall of 88 cm, which is a 50­ year mean.

Addressing the media, the agency classified the forecast as "healthy normal". The monsoon in 2019 and 2020 was only the third time in a century of back­to­back years of above-normal rainfall (rainfall that is 5% above normal or 105%) during the season in India.

This year's forecast by Skymet falls a little short of the above normal mark. In 2020 and 2019, the monsoon was above normal at 110% and 109% of LPA respectively.

The Monsoon season, which begins on June 1, is crucial for summer crops and brings about 70% of India's annual rainfall. It is crucial to the country's agriculture, which is one of the mainstays of its economy. Monsoon spurs farm produce and improves rural spending.

Monsoon rains are a lifeline for about 60% of the country's net cultivated area, which has no irrigation. The monsoon impacts inflation, jobs, and industrial demand. Good farm output keeps a lid on food inflation.

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