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Met department slashes monsoon forecast

Estimates rain at precisely 87% of average of last 50 years against 93% estimated in June and 95% in April

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The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) today scaled down its projections for the monsoon rain to way below normal from moderately sub-normal earlier during its four month stay from June to September.

The official weather forecaster estimated the rain at precisely 87% of the average of last 50 years against 93% estimated in June and 95% in April.

The rain between 96% and 104% of the average of last 50 years, technically called long period average (LPA), is considered normal. LPA is 89 cm of rain.

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The met department cut its projections due to 40% deficiency in the rain till middle of July. The deficiency got reduced later and the rainfall stood at 17% below normal till August eight.

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The department also said at a press conference here that the rain will remain almost normal in the remaining days of August and September.

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