According to the IMD, the average monsoon rainfall across the country during 1st June to 31st August has been 632 millimetres, which is 11% less than the LPA of 714 mm.
August recorded a monsoon deficit of 22% as compared to the LPA, highest in the season so far, the IMD said.
Earlier this month, the IMD had retained its June monsoon forecast about rainfall measuring 88% of LPA during the June-September period.
Last year also the cumulative rainfall during the monsoon season was 88% of LPA.
While June rainfall constitutes 18% of the total rainfall received during monsoon period, July (33%) and August (29%) rains are critical for kharif sowing.