Pune: According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), the southwest monsoon has set in over Kerala on Tuesday as predicted earlier by the weather forecasting agency.
The IMD said the monsoon has further advanced into remaining parts of southeast Arabian Sea, Comorin - Maldives area, entire Lakshadweep, most parts of Kerala, some parts of Tamil Nadu and some more parts of the southwest, central and northeast Bay of Bengal. Thus, the southwest monsoon has set in over Kerala ahead of its usual date. The Northern Limit of Monsoon (NLM) passes through Kannur, Coimbatore, Kodaikanal and Tuticorin.
Prevailing meteorological conditions led to the onset of monsoon over Kerala. Widespread rainfall occurred over Kerala during the past four days. The 14 rainfall monitoring stations for the monsoon onset over Kerala have reported over 60 per cent rainfall from May 25, said the IMD.
According to the Met department, westerly winds have strengthened at the lower levels with wind speed of over 30 knots and deepened with westerly and west-southwesterly winds of approximately up to 4.5 km over the south Arabian Sea from Tuesday morning.
In addition to the above features, the following developments are also noticed: A well-marked low-pressure area lies over the southeast and adjoining east central Arabian Sea off the north Kerala-Karnataka coasts. Another well-marked low-pressure area lies over east central and adjoining northeast Bay of Bengal.
The IMD noted that conditions are favourable for the further advance of the monsoon in some parts of the central Arabian sea, remaining parts of Kerala, some parts of coastal and south interior Karnataka, some more parts of east central and northeast Bay of Bengal and some parts of northeastern states till May 31.
Monsoon likely to reach Maharashtra on June 7
Commenting on the likely date of the monsoon reaching Maharashtra, AK Srivastava, Head, climate monitoring and analysis group at the IMD, Pune, said that as of now, it is expected to reach by June 7. “However, an exact forecast can be given only 72 hours beforehand. So far, the conditions for the monsoon are favourable. So, it is expected to reach by June 7,” said Srivastava.