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India likely to get average monsoon rains in 2021 - Skymet

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NEW DELHI, April 13 (Reuters) - India is likely to get average monsoon rains this year, a private weather forecasting agency said on Tuesday, raising prospects of higher farm and economic growth in Asia's third-biggest economy.

Monsoon rains are expected to be 103% of a long-term average, and there is a 60% chance that India will get average rainfall, Skymet said.

New Delhi defines average, or normal, rainfall as between 96% and 104% of a 50-year average of 88 centimetres for the entire four-month season beginning June.

The state-run India Meteorological Department will announce its annual monsoon forecast later this month. (Reporting by Mayank Bhardwaj, editing by Ed Osmond)