Monsoon expected a week late in Kerala


New Delhi: According to the India Meteorolgoical Department, monsoon is expected to be delayed by at least a week in Kerala. Monsoon rains are expected to arrive on southern Kerala coast by June 7, about a week later than usual.

"Forecast suggests that monsoon onset over Kerala this year is likely to be slightly delayed. The Southwest monsoon is likely to set over Kerala on June 7 with a model error of plus or minus four days," the IMD said in its onset forecast for monsoon.

The monsoon season delivers 70 percent of India's annual rainfall, which is crucial for agriculture and economic growth that has been hampered by back-to-back droughts.

“We continue without prediction of 106 percent rainfall this year. The delay predicted in Kerala is not much. A standard deviation of four to five days expected,” told an IMD official.

IMD also said that conditions were becoming favourable for the onset of southwest monsoon over Nicobar Island, south Andaman Sea and parts of Bay of Bengal around May 17.