India is likely to have a normal monsoon this year, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said on April 15. This comes as good news for farmers suffering amid the COVID-19 lockdown. Madhavan Rajeevan, Secretary, Ministry of Earth Sciences said, “Quantitatively, the monsoon seasonal (June to September) rainfall is likely to be 100% of the Long Period Average (LPA) with a model error of ± 5%." In its first stage Long Range Forecast (LRF) for south-west monsoon season (June-September) rainfall, the weather bureau also gave the dates of onset in several places. The date for the onset of monsoon in Kerala remains the same and will arrive on June 1. The date for Chennai will be June 4, Panjim June 7, Hyderabad June 8, Pune 10 and Mumbai 11. The monsoon will reach the national capital on June 27.