In what could be a major relief from the scorching sun, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) on Friday predicted that the southwest monsoon is likely to mark its entry in the country through Kerala on June 5. While the normal date of onset is June 1, this year the monsoon is likely to be slightly delayed by four days.
The weather department has stated: “This year, the onset of southwest monsoon over Kerala is likely to be slightly delayed as compared to the normal date of onset. The monsoon onset over Kerala this year is likely to be on June 5 with a model error of plus or minus four days”.
IMD informed that the monsoon is likely to reach the Andaman and Nicobar archipelago by May 16 nearly six days before its normal onset date due to a cyclonic circulation in the Bay of Bengal. The southwest monsoon usually reaches Andaman and Nicobar around May 20 after which it takes another 10-11 days to reach Kerala.