IMD Predicts Above-Normal Rainfall for India, Relief from Heat Wave Expected

S Choudhury
IMD Predicts Above Normal Rainfall for India Relief from Heat Wave Expected
IMD Predicts Above Normal Rainfall for India Relief from Heat Wave Expected

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) predicts above-normal rainfall for India during the southwest monsoon season, offering relief from heat waves in North West India. Read more for detailed forecasts and regional impacts.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecasted above-normal rainfall for the country during the southwest monsoon season, spanning June to September. However, some regions including parts of Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh, Uttarakhand, and Himachal Pradesh may experience below-normal rainfall. IMD Chief Mrityunjay Mohapatra stated that the rainfall during these four months is likely to be 106 percent of the Long Term Average (LPA).

Relief from Heat Wave Anticipated

Mohapatra also indicated relief from the ongoing heat wave in North West India, including Delhi, after May 30. A Western Disturbance is expected to bring down the intensity of the heat wave, accompanied by rain in the western Himalayan region and thunderstorms in the north-west and central parts of the country.

Rising Temperatures and Humidity in June

While the immediate relief may be temporary, Mohapatra warned that maximum and minimum temperatures are expected to remain above normal in June, accompanied by increased humidity. Heat waves are likely to persist for longer durations than usual, particularly in Northwest India.

Rainfall Patterns and Agricultural Impact

Mohapatra highlighted that Odisha, West Bengal, Chhattisgarh, and parts of northeastern states may receive less than normal rainfall. Conversely, rain-fed agricultural areas in Rajasthan, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Bihar, Jharkhand, and Odisha may experience above-normal rainfall.

Monsoon Outlook

According to IMD, Central India and the South Peninsula are likely to receive more than normal rainfall, accounting for 94 to 106 percent of LPA. The southwest monsoon has already advanced to several parts of the south and east-central Bay of Bengal, with favorable conditions expected for further advancement into other regions in the coming days.


As India prepares for the onset of the southwest monsoon, IMD's predictions provide crucial insights into rainfall patterns and weather conditions across the country. While above-normal rainfall is anticipated for many regions, challenges such as heat waves and below-normal rainfall in certain areas underscore the importance of preparedness and adaptation measures. Stay tuned for further updates as the monsoon season progresses.