Monsoon to be below normal over north, south India: IMD

North and south India are expected to have below normal monsoon this season, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said in its forecast on Friday.

The 'El-Nino' phenomenon, generally believed to have its impact on monsoon, will continue during the rainy season. However, there is a possibility of these conditions to turn neutral during the later part of the rainfall season, the IMD said.

'El-Nino' is linked to the heating of Pacific waters.

Monsoon is likely to be below normal in July and normal in August.

"Rainfall over the country as a whole for the 2019 southwest monsoon season is most likely to be normal," the IMD said.

It is likely to be 96 per cent of the long period average (LPA), it said, adding that there is a 41 per cent possibility of a normal monsoon.

The LPA over the country as a whole from 1951-2000 is 89 centimeters. Anything between 96-104 per cent of the LPA is normal.