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New Delhi: As against the normal date of October 15 when the southwest monsoon completely withdraws from across India, the process is delayed this time, and its exit may still be at least five days away, the The India Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Thursday.
Low-pressure systems and cyclonic circulations have formed over the Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal near Lakshadweep coast. It is likely to move in west-northwest direction and reach the Andhra Pradesh-Odisha coast in the next 24 hours.
IMD has predicted heavy rain in Kerala till October 17. The commencement of withdrawal of the southwest monsoon had started on October 6, against the normal date of September 17.
Unlike the process of onset of monsoon, which is very slow, the withdrawal of monsoon need not be that slow, IMD had said. Generally, the complete withdrawal of the southwest monsoon happens by October 12 or maximum by October 15.
"There are low pressure systems bringing in rains over Kerala, Tamil Nadu and another over Odisha and Andhra Pradesh coast. This had delayed this process," IMD Director General Mrutyunjay Mahapatra said.
"It will be at least five days before the withdrawal process is complete."
After October 12, the stage is set for commencement of northeast monsoon - that brings in rains mostly to Tamil Nadu, parts of Andhra Pradesh. and Kerala. This time, because of the low-pressure systems and cyclonic circulations since last week, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and parts of Karnataka have experienced heavy to extremely heavy rainfall.