Southwest monsoon advances; likely to hit Kerala by May 31

New Delhi: The southwest monsoon has advanced further in more parts of southwest and eastcentral Bay of Bengal and conditions are favourable for its onset over Kerala around May 31, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.

The Arabian Sea as well as the Bay of Bengal witnessed two cyclones - 'Tauktae' and 'Yaas' - over the two weeks.

Several parts of the country have witnessed an intense rainfall activity due to these two circulations.

"Conditions are likely to become favourable for onset of southwest monsoon over Kerala around May 31," the IMD said.

The normal onset date for the monsoon's arrival over Kerala is June 1. This also marks the commencement of four-month rainfall season from June to September.