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DNA New Delhi, Delhi, India Jun 06, 2017, 12.12 PM (IST)

India's meteorological department has upgraded its southwest monsoon forecast from 96 per cent to 98 per cent of long-term average, a development that will cheer the agriculture sector.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) said the forecast includes a model error of plus-minus 5 per cent. 

The seasonal average monsoon rainfall for the June to September period, based on 1951-2000 data, is 890mm.

The IMD categorises rainfall in the 96-104% LPA range as normal while immediately below that, it is considered below normal.

Central India is predicted to receive 100 per cent rainfall this monsoon, while south India and north India will get 99 and 96 per cent rainfall respectively.

The IMD first issues its forecast in April and then revises it in June.

Earlier, the Met department suggested that the monsoon would reach India three days in advance. 

(WION with inputs from DNA)

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