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Southwest monsoon hits Kerala after a delay of two days

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Two days behind its regular schedule, southwest monsoon finally hit the Kerala coast marking the onset of monsoon in the country, according to the India Meteorological Department (IMD). The northern limit of the monsoon currently passes through Kochi and Palayamkottai.

The Met said, “Southwest monsoon has advanced into some parts of south Arabian Sea, Lakshadweep area, south Kerala, south Tamil Nadu, remaining parts of Comorin–Maldives area and some more parts of southwest Bay of Bengal today.”

Notably, the onset of the monsoon holds importance for the agrarian economy of the country that is mostly dependent on rainfall for irrigation and recharge of water reservoirs. Not only that, but the onset of the monsoon also provides relief from the scorching sun.

Further advancement on monsoon

According to the IMD, the monsoon is likely to advance into the remaining parts of the south Arabian Sea, some parts of the central Arabian Sea, remaining parts of Kerala and Lakshadweep, some more parts of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, some parts of coastal & south interior Karnataka, Rayalaseema and some more parts of south and the central Bay of Bengal during the next 48 hours.

Monsoon in Gujarat

According to IMD’s forecast, monsoonal clouds are likely to enter Gujarat around June 15 and likely to cover the entire state by end of the month. Last year, the state received considerably good rainfall with the majority of the waterbodies filling up to the brim.

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In the first two-and-a-half months of the monsoon season, the state had reported 28 per cent more rainfall than the long-term average. While the average rainfall for the period between June 1 and August 16 is 472.2 mm, Gujarat had recorded 604.9 mm rainfall.

Normal monsoon expected

The weather department had on June 1 predicted a normal monsoon for the country this year, with rainfall likely to be in the range of 96-104 per cent of the long period average (LPA).

Notably, the long period average of the monsoon season is calculated based on the rainfall received during the monsoon season across the country for the period from 1961 to 2010. The long period average rainfall for India stands at 88 cm.

 

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