Monsoon rains to arrive on southern coast around June 8: IMD

Mumbai Updated: Jun 05, 2019, 07:09 PM IST

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Monsoon rains usually arrive in Kerala around June 1 and retreat from Rajasthan by September.

Monsoon rains are likely to enter through the southern coast around June 8, the state-run India Meteorological Department said on Wednesday, marking the start of the four-month rainy season that is crucial for the country's farm-dependent economy.

Monsoon rains usually arrive in Kerala around June 1 and retreat from Rajasthan by September.

The IMD had earlier forecast arrival of monsoon rains over Kerala on June 6.

People are desperately awaiting overdue monsoon rains as they struggle to secure drinking water amid a heat wave that is rapidly drying up reservoirs and sending temperatures soaring across the country.

The country is likely to see average monsoon rains this year, the weather office said last week, which should support agricultural production and economic growth in Asia's third-biggest economy, where half of the farmland lacks irrigation.

Meanwhile, private weather forecast agency Skymet on Wednesday said that monsoon will reach Kerala in next 48 hours, while people in the national capital region (NCR) will have to wait for some more days for the monsoon rain. 

According to Skymet, normal dates of monsoon for Delhi and its adjoining regions is last week of June. It may, however, be delayed by some 10-15 days.

The monsoon will be weak due to El Nino and global warming, Skymet said.

ANI quoting Skymet's Chaudhary stated that this year is going to be the second driest year in the last 65 years.

Normal rainfall for pre-monsoon is 131.5 mm whereas the recorded rainfall till now is 99 mm. This condition is due to prevailing El Nino over the areas which will affect the landfall of monsoon, he said.

The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) defines average or normal rainfall as between 96 per cent and 104 per cent of a 50-year average of 89 centimetres for the entire four-month season beginning June.

(With inputs from ANI)