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Monsoon delayed, likely to arrive in Kerala by June 3: IMD

The normal onset date for monsoon over Kerala is June 1. This marks the start of the four-month rainfall season for the country.

Heavy rain lashes Thiruvananthapuram /Representative Image (PTI)

Thiruvananthapuram : The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) on Sunday (May 30, 2021) announced that monsoon is likely to be delayed by two days and will arrive in Kerala by June 3.

IMD Director General M Mohapatra said there is cyclonic circulation along the Karnataka coast which is hindering the progress of the southwest monsoon.

With the possibility of the southwesterly winds to strengthen further gradually from Tuesday, there is a likeness of enhancement in rainfall activity over Kerala from June 3, as per the India Meteorological Department (IMD).

In a tweet, the weather department on Sunday said, “The northern limit of Southwest Monsoon continues to pass through 5°N/72°E, 6°N/75°E, 8°N/80°E, 12°N/85°E, 14°N/90°E and 17°N/94°E. Due to strengthening of lower level southwesterly winds, fairly widespread to widespread rainfall activity with isolated heavy falls very likely over Northeastern states during next 5 days”.

These winds are likely to bring isolated heavy rainfall over Kerala and Mahe during the next 5 days and for coastal Karnataka on June 1 and June 3, while the South interior Karnataka is likely to experience heavy rainfall on June 2 and June 3.

Due to the strengthening of lower-level southwesterly winds, fairly widespread rainfall activity with isolated heavy falls are very likely over northeastern states during the next five days.The normal onset date for monsoon over Kerala is June 1. This marks the start of the four-month rainfall season for the country. Earlier this month, the IMD had predicted the arrival of monsoon over Kerala by May 31 with an error margin of plus or minus five days.

(With inputs from ANI & PTI)

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