Southwest monsoon hits Kerala: IMD

Even as fears of below normal rains loom, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Friday announced the arrival of monsoon in Kerala.

“Southwest Monsoon has set in over Kerala against the normal date of June 1,” IMD said.

“The rainfall over Kerala has been fairly widespread to widespread for the last 48 hours. Out of the 14 rainfall monitoring stations for monsoon onset over Kerala, more than 70% of stations have reported rainfall higher than 2.5 mm for last consecutive two days,” IMD said in its statement.

“Monsoon has further advanced into entire south Arabian Sea, some parts of Central Arabian Sea, entire Lakshadweep area and Kerala, some parts of Coastal & South Interior Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, remaining parts of southeast Bay of Bengal and some parts of central & northeast Bay of Bengal,” the statement added.