Normal rainfall for Sri Lanka in south-west monsoon this year

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka is likely to get normal rainfall in this year’s south-west monsoon, after below normal rainfall in 2015, S. R. Jayasekera, director of the Meteorology Department said.

“There’s a high probability of normal rainfall this year,” he told EconomyNext.com after the 8th South Asian Climate Outlook Forum in Colombo. “Rainfall is likely to be better than last year.”

The forum said in a consensus forecast that “above-normal rainfall is most likely during the 2016 southwest monsoon season (June – September) over much of South Asia.”

A statement said that above-normal rainfall is most likely over broad areas of central and western South Asia and below-normal rainfall is most likely over eastern parts of the region and the southeastern part of the Indian peninsula.

Normal rainfall is most likely over the remaining areas.
 
Last year, the forum predicted below normal rain in the south-west monsoon.
(Colombo/April 27 2016)