Monsoon to hit Kerala on June 9 says India Meteorological Department


Chennai: According to the India Meteorological Department monsoon to hit Kerala on June 9 following favourable conditions. IMD said the cross equatorial flow and deepening of westerlies over South Arabian Sea and development of feeble off shore along Karnataka-Kerala coast.

Meanwhile, rains lashed many parts of Tamil Nadu in the last 24 hours ending 08:30 hours today, the regional weather office said. Summer rains accompanied with lightning and thunder were witnessed in many parts of the state including Chennai, it said, adding, Sembarambakkam recorded the highest rainfall of five cm, followed by Chennai at four cm.

The weather office forecast rain at a few places in South Tamil Nadu and over one or two places in the northern parts of the state for the next 48 hours. Thunderstorms were likely in Chennai during the period, it said.

The IMD, Thiruvananthapuram also issued a warning to fishermen, saying strong winds from the Westerly direction, with speed touching 45-55 kmph may hit the Kerala coast and Lakshwadeep.