The southwest monsoon arrived over Kerala Sunday, three days ahead of its normal onset date of June 1, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
This is only the fourth occasion since 2010 when the onset of southwest monsoon over Kerala happened before time (June 1). As per IMD records, the monsoon had arrived earlier than usual in 2010 (May 31), 2017 (May 30) and 2018 (May 29). The earliest onset over Kerala since 2005 was recorded in the year 2006.
As one of the world’s biggest producers and consumers of farm goods, India relies on monsoon rains for watering nearly 50 per cent of its farmland that lacks irrigation.
“South-west monsoon has set in over Kerala on Sunday, May 29, against the normal date of onset of June 1,” said Mrutyunjay Mohapatra, Director General, IMD.
There has been widespread rainfall activity over Kerala during the past 24 hours and out of 14 rainfall monitoring stations for declaring onset of monsoon over Kerala, 10 stations have received rainfall of 2.5 mm or more, the weather office said in a press release.
The IMD said that conditions are favourable for further advance of southwest monsoon into some parts of central Arabian Sea, remaining parts of Kerala, some more parts of Tamil Nadu, some parts of Karnataka, and some more parts of south and Central Bay of Bengal, some parts of northeast Bay of Bengal and northeastern states during next three to four days.