Then it moved, slowly at first. Next, it picked up pace like Usain Bolt and made up for a lag of 9 days by arriving a day ahead of schedule in Delhi (June 28 instead of June 29). As a result of its Bolt-like acceleration, the monsoon has
covered the entire country
+ 17 days ahead of its normal onset date (July 15).
The four-month monsoon season normally begins from June 1 and ends on September 30. This year, monsoon touched Kerala on May 29, three days ahead of its normal onset date.
Of the four months, June contributes 17% of the total rainfall, July 32%, August 28% and September 23%.
The southwest monsoon gives 70 per rains to the country, where agriculture still remains a major contributor to the GDP.
(With inputs from agencies)