Hyderabad: The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) on 18 April forecasted light to moderate rain and thundershowers in isolated places of Telangana ifor the next 24 hours.

It also said that maximum temperatures are likely to stay 2-3°C above normal in isolated pockets of the state.

"The trough at 0.9 km above mean sea level runs from Jharkhand to north Interior Karnataka across Chhattisgarh and Telangana,"' the IMD weather inference read.

In Hyderabad, there is a likelihood of a cloudy sky with light to moderate rain or thundershowers in the evening or night, the IMD said.

The director of GHMC's EV&DM said there was a possibility of moderate rainfall over many parts of the city in the next couple of hours. Citizens may plan their travel accordingly, he said, adding that DRF teams on the field are on the alert.

LB Nagar recorded the highest rainfall (14.8 mm) in the city.

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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