The southwest monsoon has hit the Kerala coast almost six days in advance with almost all parts of the state receiving moderate to heavy showers.
The southwest monsoon has hit the Kerala coast almost six days in advance with almost all parts of the state receiving moderate to heavy showers. The skies had turned cloudy for the past four days in south Kerala often pouring down in intermittent heavy showers. “The winds speeds have touched 25 to 30 knots (40 kilometres). Sea conditions have also turned bad, according to Met office director Dr K Santhosh. The trend was expected to continue for the next 48 hours.
According to the official, the sudden change in the circulation pattern, the effect of the westerlies and other climate factors had contributed to the advanced monsoon onset in the country. It would advance towards coastal Karnataka and Tamil Nadu in the coming days.
The normal onset of monsoon in Kerala is June 1 while this year it was expected on May 30, two days in advance. It will take about 28 days for the rains to reach India’s northern plains. The monsoon usually arrives over the commercial hub of Mumbai by June 10, and moves to Delhi by June 29. It covers the entire country by July 15. With nearly two-thirds of the population dependent on farm-related income, the timely arrival and even distribution of the rains play a major role in determining eventual demand in India’s economy. Slightly deficit torrential rains were forecast this year. Monsoon arrived a week ago in the southern island group of Car Nicobar in the Andamans archipelago. In the last 50 years, the earliest the rains have arrived in Kerala was on May 14 in 1960, while the latest was on June 18 in 1972.