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Southwest monsoon ends with 8% surplus

Date: 02 October 2020 Tags: Geography & Environment
  • The southwest monsoon this year has ended with an 8.7% surplus, surpassing estimates by the India Meteorological Department (IMD).
  • This was also the first time since 2010 that India has got more than 100% of its long period average (LPA), of 88 cm, in consecutive years. Last year India saw record rainfall of 110% of the LPA, the highest in a quarter century.
  • The heavy rains this year have been due to several long-lasting low-pressure systems in the Bay of Bengal that fuelled heavy rains over large swathes of India in August.
  • The monsoon has started to withdraw from northern India and is expected to do so until the north-eastern monsoon sets in by mid October.