The first month of the monsoon season ended on a bright note, with a countrywide rain surplus of 4% and well-distributed rainfall in most regions except for eastern India.
The average rainfall across India during June was 170.2mm, as against a normal of 163.6mm, according to the India Meteorological Department. Twenty-nine meteorological subdivisions, out of 36 in the country, received normal or excess rain during the month. Just seven recorded deficient rainfall.
A majority of the deficient areas are in the belt between east Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal, including Bihar and Jharkhand.
While central and south India recorded surpluses of 8% and 5% respectively, a major surprise was the bountiful rain in northwest India where the monsoon is yet to arrive. The region posted a huge rain surplus of nearly 52%, mainly on the back of three major western disturbances that brought wet weather outside the monsoon system.
The only region where rains have been below par is east and northeast India, which has accumulated a deficit of nearly 18% so far.
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