Monsoon rain finally arrived in Kerala on Tuesday,with most parts reporting fairly widespread rainfall. The Meteorological Department said monsoon had spread over entire Kerala,some parts of coastal Karnataka,south Tamil Nadu and central Bay of Bengal region.
Conditions are favourable for further advance of the southwest monsoon into some more parts of central Arabian Sea,remaining parts of coastal Karnataka,Goa,some parts of south Konkan,south central Maharashtra and interior Karnataka,some more parts of Tamil Nadu and Bay of Bengal,and some parts of the northeastern states during the next 48 hours, the IMD said in a statement.
The onset of monsoon over Kerala came four days after its normal date of June 1. Scientists said there is no direct correlation between the onset date and amount of rainfall in the four-month monsoon season.
However,the development of a typhoon in the central Pacific region in the last few days is some cause of worry as it is sucking away the monsoon winds,thereby weakening its strength.
According to latest data,Kerala,southern Tamil Nadu and coastal Karnataka are expected to get good rainfall over the next two days,but after that the monsoon is seen to be weakening a bit. It is likely to gain strength again after June 11,the scientists said.