The India Meteorological Department has said that onset of monsoon is likely to be delayed into early or mid-next week, reports said.
Monsoon may reach the southern state of Kerala in the next four days, reports said quoting D.S. Pai, head of long-range forecasting division of India Meteorological Department.
The monsoon is stalled over Sri Lanka and a delay in onset over Kerala is no cause for concern, he added.
The northern limit of monsoon remained stuck across the Colombo latitude for the third day on Friday.
The IMD also withdrew the customary outlook on monsoon progress towards Kerala coast.
It only said that rains were expected to escalate along the west coast from Jun 5, which is in line with global model forecasts.
The circulation has turned winds approaching the Kerala coast to being west-northwesterly, which would not help the onset of rains.
The flows would have to be westerly-to-southwesterly to be able to push clouding and moisture into the last mile.
The Climate Prediction Centre (CPC) of the US National Weather Services said that the Indian monsoon “appears somewhat delayed this year.”
Separately, in New Delhi, Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar said that the monsoon may reach the mainland in Kerala on Jun 7.
“According to reports we have received from the weather bureau, monsoon may hit Kerala on June 7.” “There’s no cause for concern because of the delay and our aim is to exceed this year’s production in rice next season,” he said.
The IMD on May 15 had predicted rains to touch Kerala on Jun 1.