New Delhi: The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) on Friday predicted that the onset of southwest monsoon over Kerala likely to be delayed.
“This year, the onset of southwest monsoon over Kerala is likely to be slightly delayed as compared to the normal date of onset. The monsoon onset over Kerala this year is likely to be on 5th June with a model error of plus or minus 4 days,” the IMD stated in its bulletin.
“Monsoon is likely to reach the Andaman and Nicobar archipelago around May 16, nearly six days before its normal onset date, due to a cyclonic circulation in the Bay of Bengal.”
Following the onset of monsoon in the island, it takes 10-11 days to reach Kerala, which marks the starting of the rainy season in India.