Officials and experts say the figures for crop-residue fires could be misleading as the number of fires per unit area of harvested rice is so far lower this year.
Cumulative rainfall in August and September so far is the highest witnessed for these two months in 31 years.
With a day left in the month, all-India average rainfall in September stands at 247.1mm — 48% above normal and the third highest in India Meteorological Department’s records since 1901.
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The surplus rainfall in July-August was a dramatic change from June, which witnessed a 33% rainfall deficit, the worst for the month in five years.
With a boost to sowing of kharif crops, all regions of the country, except the south, have received surplus rainfall in this 11-day period.
The all-India average weighted rainfall in June so far has been 97.9mm against a normal (till June 28) of 151.1mm.
It last happened in 1997, when despite one of the strongest El Ninos the monsoon ended 2% above normal.
The polar vortex is a counterclockwise-spinning rapid current of air that prevents the frigid Arctic weather from escaping into other regions.
Temperatures across most of the country are likely to be normal to slightly above normal during the season, the India Meteorological Department forecast said, citing the strong likelihood of a weak El Nino forming in the Pacific Ocean in these months that could play a role in raising temperatures.
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