South-West Monsoon To Reach Kerala By June 6: IMD

New Delhi: The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Wednesday forecasted that the southwest monsoon would be “slightly delayed” over Kerala and arrive at the southern state on June 6.

The normal onset date of the southwest monsoon in Kerala is June 1.

“Conditions are becoming favourable for the advance of the southwest monsoon over the southern part of the Andaman Sea, Nicobar Islands and adjoining the southeast Bay of Bengal during 18-19 May,” says the IMD.

Generally, the monsoon reaches Kerala within 10 days of reaching the Andamans. However, meteorologists had indicated that the monsoon —impeded by high temperatures in the seas surrounding India, and an El Nino —will advance sluggishly after reaching Kerala.

The monsoon’s arrival time, the IMD said, had no bearing to the quantum of rainfall in the June-September period.

The IMD said it expected a “normal monsoon” but pointed to a “significant probability” of below normal rains.

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