Jaipur: The south-west monsoon would touch Mumbai during next 48 hours, Indian Meteorological Department said on Friday, predicting a normal monsoon with overall 98 percent rainfall in the country this year.

“Due to adequate humidity, the speed of the monsoon is normal,” DG, IMD, Laxman Singh Rathor said.

A detailed prediction will be made next week, Rathor said. After touching Mumbai in the next 48 hours, monsoon is expected to enter Rajasthan three-four days ahead of schedule, he said.

"The normal timing of the arrival of monsoon in Rajasthan is third week of June, but this year it is expected to hit three-four days in advance," he said.

For better weather predictions, IMD will install doplar radars in Kota, Jaisalmer and Sriganganagar in Rajasthan, he said. Rathor said IMD is planning to provide weather forecast service for farmers at block level with the cooperation of agriculture department of the state during the 12th Five Year Plan.

After arriving over Kerala, monsoon moves gradually to cover the entire country by mid-July.

(Agencies)

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