"The weekly rainfall is going to be slightly above normal," one of the sources told Reuters, on condition of anonymity. Official figures from the India Meteorological Department are due later on Thursday.
On Wednesday, Farm Minister Sharad Pawar said that the rains had improved, speeding up sowing of major summer crops such as rice and cotton.
The annual June to September monsoon is crucial for much of India's agriculture, with 55 per cent of its arable land rain-fed. Rains had been 30 per cent below average from June 1 to July 4 and now that deficit should narrow to about 22 per cent below average, according to the sources.
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