Monsoon rains cover Kerala, to advance to other parts in 48 hours

Monsoon rains were likely to reach Goa, Maharashtra and North-East India in 48 hours, reports said.

Jun 05, 2012 01:06 IST India Infoline News Service

Monsoon rains have covered the southern state of Kerala and parts of coastal Karnataka, reports said.

"It's been raining in Kerala for the past few days, but the parameters suggest that the monsoon has arrived today," reports said quoting B.P. Yadav, a director at India Meteorological Department, IMD.

The IMD declares the onset of monsoon over Kerala when 50% of the 14 observation stations in the state and Lakshadweep islands report rainfall for 48 hours.

Monsoon rains were likely to reach Goa, Maharashtra and North-East India in 48 hours, reports said.

"As of now the monsoonal flow is strong and Kerala and parts of South Karnataka will continue to get rains for the next two to three days," reports said quoting D S Pai, Director National Climate Centre and lead forecaster for monsoon.

Pai said conditions were favourable for further advance of monsoon.

IMD also said on Monday that the monsoon has advanced into some parts of Arabian Sea.

"We are sticking to our forecast of a normal monsoon," Yadav said, adding, that the weather office would review its forecast around June 25 after the rains cover half of India.

Earlier reports said that this year, the monsoon arrived in the Andaman Sea on May 23, three days later than its May 20 date. It moved northwards on May 25, to cover south and central Bay of Bengal. However, there was no movement for over a week since May 26.

Last week, weather officials said a cyclonic pressure over the Arabian Sea has delayed the rains, plus or minus 4 days, from its expected June 1 arrival date, reports added.

Meanwhile in Delhi, the weather has turned pleasant with rains, thundershowers and hailstorms just hours after the monsoon hit the southern state of Kerala. even though the northern city will see the onset of monsoon only by end June, the IMD said the city is unlikely to experience the intense heat wave, or loo, it was witnessing since some weeks, anymore

In India, where agriculture and farming account for 15% of the $2tn economy, timely and sufficient rainfall is extremely crucial as 55% of the arable land depends on rains for water needs.

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