Economy In India, all eyes on a monsoon that is critical for the economy Updated : June 19, 2019 12:14 PM IST The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecast average rainfall in 2019, while the country's only private forecaster Skymet has predicted below-normal rainfall. The monsoon season starts with rains on the southern Kerala coast around June 1, and usually covers the country by the middle of July. Subscribe to Moneycontrol PRO at just Rs.33/- per month for the first year. Use code SUPERPRO. Limited period offer. Available on Web and Android.