While Kerala and Karnataka have been receiving plenty of rainfall for the past 10 days, the onset of monsoon has still not officially happened. The Met department Tuesday said the onset of monsoon over Kerala, marking the beginning of the rainy season in India, was likely to happen in another two days’ time.
“In view of the strengthening of cross-equatorial flow and deepening of westerlies over south Arabian Sea and development of feeble offshore trough along Karnataka-Kerala coast, onset of monsoon over Kerala is very likely by June 9, “ the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
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The IMD had last month said the arrival of monsoon over Kerala would be delayed by about a week from its normal date of June 1. It had said the onset was likely to happen on June 7 with the possibility that it could come four days ahead or beyond that date.
The northern limit of monsoon has been centered over the Andaman and Nicobar Islands for almost 15 days now, having arrived there around its normal date of May 20.
While the onset is still to be announced, many areas in south India have been getting plenty of pre-monsoon showers.