18 April, New Delhi
The southwest monsoon this year will be normal, with many parts of north India expected to receive good rainfall.
Skymet, a private weather forecasting agency has predicted that the El-Nino is unlikely to affect the monsoon as its impact will reduce after summer.
It said, good amounts of rainfall is expected in Punjab, Haryana, west Uttar Pradesh and over the west coast. Monsoon is expected to arrive in Kerala on May 27, four days before its normal date.
The forecast agency, however, predicted weak monsoon in some parts of south India.
It said, there seems to be weakness in Tamil Nadu, Rayalseema, south interior Karnataka, east Madhya Pradesh and Arunachal Pradesh. Skymet CEO Jatin Singh said, monsoon onset is expected to be early and fairly strong. He said, pre-monsoon rain will also be strong across the country.