Monsoon rains below normal in first half of June in Kerala


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Alappuzha: The southwest monsoon has not strengthened even during mid-June. It is not the first time that rainfall has declined below normal in June. However, when compared to the last three years, the decrease in rainfall has been more intense.

An average of 251.8 millimetres of rainfall is expected from June 1 to 13 in Kerala. But the state received only 108.7 millimetres of rainfall during the period.

The average rainfall expected in June is 643 millimetres. Kerala has not received this rainfall 13 times during the period between 2000 and 2021. The maximum rainfall received in June was in the year 2013. The state gained 1042 millimetres and 750 millimetres of rainfall in 2013 and 2018 respectively.

Experts pointed out that the weak southwest monsoon and the absence of a favourable atmospheric system have resulted in the decline in rainfall in June.


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