Monsoon may reach east coast early

Monsoon may reach east coast early

The much awaited monsoon may come a few days in advance to the east coast, thanks to a depression in the Bay of Bengal that may intensify in the next 24 hours.

Currently lying north-northwest of the Andaman and Nicobar islands, the depression can develop into a “deep depression” and move towards Bangladesh and Myanmar coast by Friday.

“This may bring monsoon 2014 closer to the east coast earlier than normal,” said B P Yadav, head of the national weather forecasting centre at the India Meteorological Department.

Last week, the weather agency forecast south-west monsoon will hit the Kerala coast by June 5 with an error margin of four days on either side.

The early rain is likely to bring relief in eastern India, where an extended heatwave has made lives difficult for people. Advancement in monsoon, however, does not mean adequate rainfall as the weathermen had predicted a “below normal” monsoon in 2014.

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