New Delhi: The India Meteorological Department (IMD) said that Southwest Monsoon has made an onset over Kerala on Thursday . It had previously said that conditions are favourable for the onset of monsoon in Kerala as south-westerly winds have strengthened over the area.
“The Southwest Monsoon made an onset over Kerala on Thursday after a delay of two days, the India Meteorological Department said. The monsoon onset over Kerala marks the commencement of the four-month rainfall season in the country. “The Southwest Monsoon has made an onset over southern parts of Kerala,” said Mrutunjay Mohapatra, Director General, IMD. The normal onset date for Southwest Monsoon over Kerala was June 1.
According to the IMD, southwest monsoon has advanced into some parts of south Arabian Sea, Lakshadweep area, south Kerala, south Tamil Nadu, remaining parts of Comorin. These also include Maldives area and some more parts of southwest Bay of Bengal on Thursday.
The Meteorological Department predicted southwest monsoon is likely to advance into remaining parts of south nd central Arabian Sea in the next 48 hours. In the next two days, the monsoon will likley move towards the remaining parts of Kerala and Lakshadweep, parts of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, as well as as well as parts of coastal and south interior Karnataka, Rayalaseema and parts of south and central Bay of Bengal.
IMD also said that widespread rainfall activity very likely over Northeastern states during next 5 days, due to strengthening of lower level southwesterly winds. “Isolated heavy rainfall very likely over Arunachal Pradesh during June 4-6; Assam & Meghalaya during June 2-4 and Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram & Tripura on June 2, 5 and 6. Isolated heavy to very heavy rainfall also very likely over Assam & Meghalaya on June 5-6, said IMD.
The weather department expects monsoon rains to be well distributed, as most parts of the country are expected to receive an average to an above-average amount of rains this year.