South-west monsoon hits Kerala coast

Rain may advance into more parts of K'taka, TN, AP in next 48 hours

South-west monsoon hits Kerala coast

After welcoming scattered pre-monsoon showers over the past couple of days, Kerala is set for the real deal. On Saturday, the south-west monsoon set in over the state and Lakshadweep.

The Meteorological Centre in Thiruvananthapuram confirmed that the monsoon has arrived on the southern coast. The centre has predicted heavy rainfall across the state over the next two days. The on-cue arrival of the rains signals relief for the state that has just managed to come out of a harsh, scorching summer.

The centre has also issued a warning to fishermen as there is a prediction of strong winds in Kerala’s coastal areas and Lakshadweep over the next 24 hours occasionally hitting the speed of 45-55 kmph. K Santosh, Director of the Meteorological Centre in Thiruvananthapuram, told Deccan Herald that the monsoon has kept its date with the state. The normal date on which the southwest monsoon hits Kerala is June 1.

The southwest monsoon has advanced covering the entire state of Kerala, apart from parts of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.  The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) had described rainfall in the state over the past 48 hours as “fairly widespread to widespread”. All the 14 rainfall monitoring stations reported rainfall on Saturday, indicating the widespread pattern in which showers have hit the state.

According to the IMD, the next 48 hours offer ample possibilities for the monsoon to advance further into more parts of the Central Arabian Sea and Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and some parts of the Bay of Bengal.

Last year, the south-west monsoon had triggered a rainfall of 1551 mm (against a normal rainfall of 2039 mm) in Kerala, recording a deficiency by 24 per cent. Barring Kannur, Kasaragod and Kozhikode – all recording “normal” rainfall – the state had a deficient monsoon last year.

The onset of the monsoon has also coincided with a rise in the number of fever cases Kerala. Over 1,000 dengue cases, including deaths in Thiruvananthapuram and Kottayam, have already been reported. The state has also recorded cases of H1N1. With government doctors on a non-cooperation strike, health administrators will have their task cut out as the state ushers in the monsoon.

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