NEW DELHI: The June-September monsoon in Delhi is likely to be 'normal' this year, the Meteorological Department said on Monday. The south-west monsoon is likely to be 97% of the long period average (LPA), implying normal summer rains according to the Indian Meteorological Department's (IMD's) classification.
"Delhi will experience the third successful year of a normal monsoon. Fairly certain India will not experience a deficit in monsoon," said an official. He added that the monsoon this year could be 100 percent of the long period average (LPA) with a model error of plus and minus 5 per cent. In 2015, the monsoon was deficient by 14 per cent, leading to a crippling drought in 302 of India's 640 districts. In the previous year, the rains were short by 12 per cent. In 2009, when India witnessed its worst drought in three decades, farm output crawled 0.2 per cent, battered by 22 per cent deficient Monsoon rains.
Meanwhile, the MeT also predicted that the national Capital and adjoining areas would experience very light rain accompanied by strong dust raising winds. The IMD said the rain and strong winds are likely to occur over Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR) in the evening. Gurgaon and Faridabad (Haryana) and Noida and Ghaziabad (Uttar Pradesh) fall under