Southwest Monsoon to make landfall on 30 May in Kerala, normal rainfall predicted: IMD

The monsoon is expected to arrive in the country two days ahead of schedule, with Kerala likely to be hit on 30 May, the Indian Metereological Department (IMD) said on Tuesday. The normal date of arrival of monsoon in Kerala is 1 June, which marks its official onset in the country.

The IMD, which has predicted a normal rainfall this year, said the Southwest Monsoon has advanced over the Andaman Sea. The monsoon arrived in Andaman on 14 May, three days ahead of its scheduled arrival.

Monsoon will make landfall in India on 30 May in Kerala. Image credit: IMD website

Monsoon will make landfall in India on 30 May in Kerala. Image credit: IMD website

The conditions are now becoming favourable for the further advance of southwest monsoon, the IMD said. "...The southwest monsoon is likely to set over Kerala on 30 May with a model error of four days (give or take) days," the IMD said.

"Formation of a cyclonic circulation over the Andaman Sea has resulted into strengthening and deepening of cross equatorial southwesterlies and persistent convective activity and rainfall over the region during the last few days.

"As a result, the southwest monsoon has advanced into some parts of southeast Bay of Bengal, Nicobar Islands, entire south Andaman Sea and parts of north Andaman Sea on 14 May," the IMD said.

It, however, added that past data suggest that there is no association of the date of monsoon advancing over the Andaman Sea either with the date of monsoon onset over Kerala or with the seasonal monsoon rainfall over the country.

The forecasts of the monsoon onset issued by IMD during the past 12 years (except 2015) were proved to be correct.

Predominantly an agrarian economy, favourable monsoon has bearing on the economy and market indices in India. Announcement of a normal monsoon, apart from other macro-economic factors, buoyed investors' sentiments on Tuesday as the markets touched a fresh high at 30,582.60 points at the time of closing.

Meanwhile, Central government officials will hold a day-long conference of relief commissioners of all states on Wednesday to discuss crisis situations arising out of extreme monsoon conditions and other disaster management preparedness. The officials will review the status of preparedness for dealing with any eventuality arising out of the Southwest monsoon and discuss other disaster management-related issues.

With inputs from PTI

Updated Date: May 17, 2017 11:39 AM

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