LAHORE – The monsoon rains began receding from the northwest of India on Monday, more than a week later than typical, according to a statement issued by the state-run India Meteorological Department (IMD).

The withdrawal from Pakistan in the coming days would mean the absence of monsoon currents from the Arabian Sea or the Bay of Bengal, resulting in low humidity, as temperatures have already dropped with less or no humidity in the upper and central parts of the country following recent rains.

The monsoon, the lifeblood of India’s $3 trillion economy, provides about 70% of the rain required to irrigate farmland and replenish reservoirs.

The monsoon season typically begins in June and ends by September 17, but rains prolonged this year, aiding in the reduction of a precipitation deficit after the driest August in more than a century devastated several summer crops.

In India, monsoon rainfall were 9 percent below average in June before rising to 13 percent above average in July. Last month’s rainfall was 36 percent below average, according to the meteorological service.

According to IMD, monsoon rainfall have been 17 percent above average so far in September.

“The southwest monsoon has left some parts of Rajasthan.” Conditions are favorable for the monsoon to leave additional northern states during the next week, according to a senior IMD official.