The Indian Meteorological Department on Tuesday predicted above-normal to excess rainfall in the 2016 monsoon. IMD chief LS Rathore said the distribution of the monsoon should be fair across the country, but the Northeast and Southeast regions may receive slightly less-than-normal rain, reported PTI. Rathore added that the drought-affected Marathwada region in Maharashtra is likely to receive good rainfall.

According to the report, there is a 30% chance that the monsoon this year will be in excess, while there is a 34% probability of an above-average monsoon. The IMD predicted that weather conditions indicate a 30% possibility of a normal monsoon this year. In June, the Met Department will issue another detailed forecast, charting out predictions for monthly rainfall as well as seasonal rainfall across the country.

The government, the Indian Institute of Tropic Meteorology and private forecaster Skymet have all predicted a good monsoon.