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Relief news… Monsoon reached Kerala 3 days ahead of time!

Thiruvananthapuram/New Delhi, May 29 (Agency)

The southwest monsoon reached Kerala on Sunday, three days ahead of its scheduled June 1, marking the beginning of a crucial rainy season for India’s agriculture-based economy. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) said Kerala has been receiving rainfall since Saturday and 10 out of 14 weather monitoring stations in the state have recorded more than 2.5 mm of rainfall, which meets the criteria for the onset of monsoon. IMD Director General Mrityunjay Mohapatra said, “The southwest monsoon reached Kerala on May 29 instead of June 1 at its scheduled time.” Although the monsoon has advanced over many parts of Kerala and Tamil Nadu, the Bay of Bengal branch of the weather system has weakened and is presently over the Andaman Islands.

IMD’s Extended Range Estimates suggest that the progress of monsoon over Karnataka, Goa and entire Northeast India is likely to remain subdued. Earlier, the IMD had predicted the arrival of monsoon in Kerala on May 27 due to the impact of Cyclone Asani. However, the effect of this remaining weather system (Asani) over the southern peninsula weakened. Asani came to the Bay of Bengal a fortnight ago. The criteria for declaring the arrival of monsoon over Kerala include westerly wind speed up to 4.5 km above sea level. The Met Office said, ‘All conditions for the arrival of monsoon in Kerala have been fulfilled on Sunday, May 29, 2022. Conditions are favorable for further advance of Southwest Monsoon into some parts of Central Arabian Sea, rest of Kerala, some more parts of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka in next 3-4 days.

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