Weather reports so far this year have revealed that June this year falls under the category of the ‘five driest months of June in the country in the past 100 years’.
So far, the rains across the nation in the month of June have been recorded to be 35 per cent below the normal level. At the beginning of this month, (June 2019) private weather forecaster Skymet Weather stated that the pre-monsoon rainfall in the country was the second lowest in 65 years.
In fact, the three-month pre-monsoon season March, April and May ended with a rainfall deficiency of 25 per cent. “This has been the second driest pre-monsoon season in the last 65 years, with the lowest being recorded in 2012 when countrywide cumulative rainfall deficiency had mounted to 31 per cent,” Skymet Weather had said.
The officials from the private weather agency noted that all the four meteorological divisions namely Northwest India, Central India, East-Northeast India and South Peninsula had recorded a deficit rainfall of 30 per cent, 18 per cent, 14 per cent and 47 per cent, respectively.