New Delhi, Jun 29 (PTI) The monsoon has covered the entire country, 17 days ahead of its normal onset date, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said today. Also Read - Winter Chill Persists in North India; Dense Fog, Low Visibility Affect Movement of Trains, Flights

The monsoon reached Sriganganagar, its last outpost in the country located in west Rajasthan. Its normal date to reach Sriganganagar was July 15. Also Read - Cold Wave Grips North India With Dense Fog Over Several Cities, Likely to Ease Next Week

“The monsoon today covered the entire country,” Additional Director General Mritunjay Mohapatra said. Also Read - Hate Going to Office on a Rainy Day? Here Are 5 Tried & Tested Excuses to Skip Work!

The monsoon covers the entire country by July 1 but West Rajasthan gets rains later, he said.

But this year, due to good easterly rains, it has taken the rains to the entire country early, Mohapatra added.

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 June 1. It battered the western coast in the first half of June.

However, after a brief lull, it made a steady advance.

Yesterday, it reached Kerala, a day ahead of its schedule.

The monsoon deficiency, which until early this week was 10 per cent, went down to six per cent today.

The Southwest Monsoon gives 70 per rains to the country, where agriculture still remains a major contributor to the GDP.