Monsoon likely to hit Kerala coast on 30 May, says IMD

IMD has already predicted that India is likely to witness a 'below normal' monsoon season for a second consecutive year.

hidden May 14, 2015 19:44:26 IST
Monsoon likely to hit Kerala coast on 30 May, says IMD

New Delhi: Monsoon is likely to hit the Kerala coast on May 30, two days before its scheduled arrival in India even as the country stares at the possibility of below normal rains for a second consecutive year.

Monsoon likely to hit Kerala coast on 30 May says IMD

Monsoon are due sooner than expected. Reuters

The Indian Meteorological Department today said that conditions are becoming "favourable" for advancement of southwest monsoon over the Andaman Sea and adjoining areas during the next 3-4 days.

IMD has already predicted that India is likely to witness a "below normal" monsoon season for a second consecutive year. It has partly blamed the El Nino phenomenon for the low forecast.

"The southwest monsoon is likely to set over Kerala on 30 May with a model error of ± 4 days.

"Advance of southwest monsoon over Andaman Sea normally takes place around May 20 with a standard deviation of about one week. During the last few days, enhanced convection and increased rainfall activity has been observed over the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea.

"The cross equatorial flow is likely to strengthen and deepen over the area. As such, conditions are becoming favourable for advance of southwest monsoon over the Andaman Sea and adjoining sea areas during the next 3-4 days," IMD said in a statement.

Unlike last year, when it was delayed by four days, monsoon will this year will hit Kerala on 30 May, the event denoting the official onset of the wet season in the country.

The official date for monsoon to hit the southern state is 1 June.

If the monsoon reaches Kerala on 30 May, it will be the seventh time in 10 years when the state witnesses the rains arriving earlier than the scheduled date.

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