New Delhi: August witnessed the maximum rainfall in last five years despite a 6.4 per cent deficit in monsoon showers in comparison to the normal, says a Times of India report.

The 6.4 per cent shortfall is the least deficit recoded in August since 2014. In these five years, the country had been witnessing departures ranging from 8 per cent to 21 per cent.

Despite all the subdivisions, except south peninsula, ending up with less than average rain in August 2018, the country overall received better rains in all these years since 2014.

The report cited an IMD official saying that August had no break-like conditions this year, unlike last year and 2016. In 2017, break-like conditions prevailed during the first week of July and on several days during the first fortnight of August.

In 2017, August 3 and 4, and August 11 to 13 depicted typical monsoon-break conditions taking the departure to -12 per cent.

Similarly, in 2016, the rainfall activity was very less in June, second part of July and August, and also in the beginning of September, taking the departure in rainfall in August to -8.3 per cent.