With little to show on the political and economic fronts, the troubled UPA-II has got a breather from the weatherman as the monsoon this year is likely to be normal with 98 % rainfall. The rainfall is likely to be 98 % the 50-year long term average (1951-2000).
As per the India Meteorological Department (IMD), there is very low probability of a deficient rainfall, which is below 90 %, or excess, above 110 %. By and large, the drought-hit areas of Maharashtra, Gujarat and Karnataka are also likely receive normal rainfall.
Usually, the southwest monsoons arrive in Kerala on June 1.