Monsoon to hit Kerala by June 3; heavy rain likely from Tuesday

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Thiruvananthapuram: The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has informed that the southwest monsoon will reach Kerala on June 3 or before. As the southwest winds will intensify from June 1, heavy rain is likely to hit the state, predicted IMD.

Earlier, IMD informed that the southwest monsoon will arrive on Monday (May 31) as two cyclones had formed recently. The department also said that this may differ 3-4 days from the predicted date.

IMD Director General M Mohapatra said there is cyclonic circulation along the Karnataka coast which is hindering the progress of the southwest monsoon.

"The southwesterly winds could strengthen further gradually from June 1, resulting in likely enhancement in rainfall activity over Kerala. Hence the monsoon onset over Kerala is likely to take place around June 3," the IMD said.

The normal onset date for monsoon over Kerala is June 1. This marks the start of the four-month rainfall season for the country.

Monsoon is expected to be normal this year.

Meanwhile, a yellow alert was issued in various districts for the next 5 days in view of heavy rain.

Districts placed under yellow alert

  • May 30, Sunday – Alappuzha, Kottayam, Idukki, Ernakulam, Thrissur
  • May 31, Monday – Alappuzha, Idukki, Ernakulam, Thrissur, Kozhikode, Kannur, Kasaragod
  • June 1, Tuesday – Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha, Kottayam, Idukki, Ernakulam, Thrissur
  • June 2, Wednesday – Thiruvananthapuram, Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha, Kottayam, Idukki, Ernakulam
  • June 3, Thursday- Thiruvananthapuram, Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha, Kottayam, Idukki, Ernakulam
(With added inputs from PTI)

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