Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, May 16:
The southwest monsoon is likely to touch Kerala on June 5, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said in a release last evening.
Under its influence, considerable increase in rainfall activity has taken place over the Bay of Bengal during the last few days , the release said.
The cross equatorial flow is likely to strengthen and deepen, which in turn would lead to further increase in the rainfall activity over the area.
Most parts of the country including western, southern and northern India, will receive below normal rainfall, while the eastern parts including UP, Bihar, Odisha, parts of Andhra Pradesh and almost the whole of northeast India will receive normal rainfall.
The Met department had earlier said that the country could see below normal rainfall this year at 95 per cent rainfall due to El-Nino effect which is generally associated with the warming of ocean water.
The seasonal rainfall is likely to be 95 per cent of the Long Period average with an error of plus or minus 5 percent.
The rainfall between 90-96 per cent is categorised as below normal and rainfall between 96-104 per cent is termed as normal rainfall.
Last year, the Met department had forecast 98 per cent rainfall but in reality the country received over 106 per cent rainfall.