Agriculture in the district depends mainly on the rainfall from south-west monsoon. The distribution of rainfall is most uneven. The major part of precipitation is experienced in western portions of Akola taluka, whereas rains in southern part of the district are most erratic. A major portion of the district lies in the zone of low rainfall ranging from 508 mm. to 635 mm. annually. The district can be divided into three zones according to rainfall at taluka headquarters, viz., the northern part comprising Kopargaon, Sangamner and Shrirampur talukas with a rainfall of about 500 mm. or less, the south-eastern part consisting of Shevgaon, Ahmadnagar, Pathardi and Jamkhed talukas with normal rainfall of 600 mm. and the third zone comprising the remaining talukas with rainfall between 500 mm. and 600 mm. The rains usually start in the second week of June and last till the end of September. The intensity of rainfall is the highest in July. Sometimes thunder-showers in March and April are recorded. In the plain areas of the district the rains are erratic and mostly from the north-east monsoon.