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Second driest year in 65 years, says weather official; monsoon likely to hit Kerala in 48 hrs

Normal rainfall for pre-monsoon is 131.5 mm whereas the recorded rainfall is just 99 mm.

SNS | New Delhi |

This is the second driest year in the last 65 years, a Skymet Meteorologist said on Wednesday. Normal rainfall for pre-monsoon is 131.5 mm whereas the recorded rainfall is just 99 mm.

This condition is due to the prevailing El-Nino over the areas which will affect the landfall of monsoon, Samar Chaudhary, Meteorologist at Skymet told ANI.

The El-Nino is linked to the heating of Pacific waters.

He further said monsoon is expected to make a fall in Kerala within the next 48 hours.

Predicting the year’s monsoon to be weak, the official said the normal dates of monsoon for Delhi and adjoining regions is almost the last week of June which may again be delayed by 10-15 days.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) had on Saturday predicted monsoon to arrive on the southern tip of Kerala around June 6, five days after its normal onset date.

The overall monsoon across the country is “most likely” to be normal this season but it will be below normal over north and south India, the India Meteorological Department said in its forecast on Friday.

Monsoon is likely to be below normal in July and normal in August. It is likely to be 96 per cent of the Long Period Average, the IMD said.