Monsoon hits Kerala; heavy rains alert issued

Friday, Jun 5, 2015,18:45 IST By metrovaartha A A A

New Delhi | Southwest Monsoon hit Kerala today marking the start of the rainy season, four days after its normal onset date. Southwest Monsoon has set in over Kerala, today, June 5, 2015as against the normal date of June 1, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
It has further advanced into entire south Arabian Sea, some more parts of Central Arabian Sea, entire Lakshadweep area and Kerala, some parts of coastal and southern interior Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, remanining parts of southeast Bay of Bengal and some parts of central and northeast Bay of Bengal, it said.
The IMD added that conditions are favourable for further advance of Southwest Monsoon into some parts of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, some more parts of Rayalseema and coastal Andhra Pradesh, and northeast India in next 48 hours. The MET department had initially predicted that this year the rainy season would make its fall on May 30 with below normal Monsoon, but later downgraded its forecast to deficient rainfall.
Heavy rainfall exceeding 7 cm will occur at isolated places in Kerala in the next 12 hours, according to an update from the Meterological Department in Thiruvananthapuram. The Union Territory of Lakshadweep is expected to receive rainfall exceeding 7 cm. A heavy rainfall warning was issued in Kerala and Lakshadweep by the Meteorological Department.
Fishermen have been warned that strong winds from South westerly direction with speed occasionally reaching 45-55 kmph is likely along and off the coast of Kerala and Lakshadweep islands during the next 24 hours commencing from 2 pm today. The Kerala capital city received heavy showers early in the morning but the skies cleared up later in the day.