A slight delay is expected in the onset of the southwest monsoon over Kerala and it is likely to arrive on June 4, the Meteorological Department of India (IMD) said today.
The southwest monsoon normally begins on June 1 over Kerala, with a standard deviation of about 7 days.
“This year, the onset of the southwest monsoon over Kerala is likely to be slightly delayed. The onset of the monsoon over Kerala is likely to be on June 4 with a model error of 4 days,” the Met office said in a statement.
The monsoon arrived in the southern state on May 29 last year, on June 3 in 2021, and on June 1 in 2020.
The advance of the southwest monsoon over the Indian mainland is marked by its onset over Kerala and is an important indicator characterizing the transition from the hot and dry season to the rainy season.
The IMD had said last month that India is expected to receive normal rainfall during the southwest monsoon season, despite evolving El Nino conditions.
Rain-fed agriculture is a critical part of India’s agricultural landscape, with 52 percent of the net cultivated area relying on this method. It accounts for about 40 percent of the country’s total food production, making it a vital contributor to India’s food security and economic stability.
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