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Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Mar 27:

A private weather forecaster’s report is set to bring smiles on the faces of the people, especially the agrarian community as Odisha will experience good rainfall this monsoon.

The weather patterns predict good rainfall for Odisha, eastern Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and West Bengal.

The private weather forecaster Skymet, however, said many regions of the country would receive below normal rainfall this monsoon season. Monsoon is likely to remain below normal at 95% (with an error margin of +/-5%) of the long period average (LPA) of 887 mm for the four-month period from June to September.

The north-west, west, southern peninsula and southern regions of the country would experience deficient rainfall.

The regions of Punjab, western Madhya Pradesh, central Maharashtra and Goa would receive below normal rainfall.

“These patterns may see some slight changes in future however overall monsoon in many parts of the country would remain below normal,” Skymet director Mahesh Palawat said, adding that overall monsoon in the country would be around 95 per cent.

According to the standards, between 96 to 104 per cent rainfall is considered a normal monsoon while between 90 to 95 per cent is considered below normal.

The monsoon generally reaches mainland India in first week of June. (With IANS inputs)