Monsoon arrives in Kerala

Thiruvananthapuram/New Delhi, June 1 (IANS) The southwest monsoon arrived in Kerala Saturday with showers reported from across the state in last two days, the India Meterological Department (IMD) said.

“The southwest monsoon has set in over Kerala today (Saturday),” said L.S. Rathore, director general of the IMD.

“The rainfall monitoring stations for the monsoon’s onset over Kerala have reported fairly widespread to widespread rainfall in the last 48 hours,” he said.

According to IMD, the monsoon has covered all of Kerala, some parts of coastal and south interior Karnataka, most parts of Tamil Nadu and some more parts of southwest and west central Bay of Bengal.

“Conditions are favourable for further advance of monsoon into some more parts of the central Arabian Sea and Karnataka, remaining parts of Tamil Nadu, some parts of south Andhra Pradesh and some more parts of Bay of Bengal during next 48 hours,” Rathore said.

The southwest monsoon normally sets in over Kerala around June 1, and advances northwards, usually in surges, covering the entire country by mid-July.

Moderate to heavy rains were reported across the state Friday.

The southwest monsoon sets in over Kerala around June 1 and advances northwards, usually in surges, and covers the entire country by July 15.

In 2012, the monsoon arrived in Kerala June 5.

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