Weather Update: IMD announces arrival of Monsoon in Kerala

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New Delhi The Southwest Monsoon arrived in India on Thursday after a week’s delay from its normal schedule. India Meteorological Department (IMD) has announced the arrival of monsoon in Kerala.

Meteorologists had earlier said that Cyclone ‘Biparjoy’ is affecting the monsoon and will have a “moderate” onset over Kerala. In a statement on Thursday, the IMD said, “The Southwest Monsoon is set to reach Kerala today on June 8. . . .”

“Monsoon over the rest of the South Arabian Sea and parts of the Central Arabian Sea and the entire Lakshadweep region, most parts of Kerala, most parts of South Tamil Nadu, rest of Comorin region, Gulf of Mannar and south-west,” the statement said. has advanced in.” , moving towards parts of central and northeastern Bay of Bengal.

The Southwest Monsoon usually reaches Kerala by 1 June and usually about seven days before or after 1 June. In mid-May, the IMD had said that the monsoon could reach Kerala around June 4. Private weather forecasting center ‘Skymet’ had predicted the arrival of monsoon in Kerala on June 7 and said that the monsoon will reach Kerala by three days from June. 7. Can come back and forth.

According to IMD data, the onset date of monsoon in Kerala has varied over the past 150 years, from the onset on May 11 in 1918 to June 18 in 1972. Southwest Monsoon reached Kerala on May 29 last year, June 3 in 2021, June 1 in 2020, June 8 in 2019 and May 29 in 2018.

Research suggests that delayed monsoon onset in Kerala does not necessarily mean delayed onset in northwest India. However, delayed onset in Kerala is generally followed by delayed onset in southern states and Mumbai. Scientists say that even the delay in the arrival of monsoon in Kerala does not affect the total rainfall across the country during this season.

The IMD had earlier said that despite the development of ‘El Nino’ ​​conditions, India is expected to receive normal rainfall during the southwest monsoon season. Northwest India is expected to receive normal or deficient rainfall. The eastern and northeastern, central and southern peninsulas are expected to receive 94 to 106 percent of normal rainfall during this period.

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