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Southwest Monsoon Advances Further in Bay of Bengal, Likely to Hit Kerala on May 31: IMD

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Last Updated: May 28, 2021, 09:38 IST

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The Arabian Sea as well as the Bay of Bengal witnessed two cyclones – Tauktae and Yaas – over the two weeks.

Monsoon has advanced in several more parts of Maldives-Comorin area, southwest and east central Bay of Bengal, and conditions are favourable for its onset over Kerala around May 31, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Thursday.

The Arabian Sea as well as the Bay of Bengal witnessed two cyclones – Tauktae and Yaas – over the two weeks.

Several parts of the country have witnessed an intense rainfall activity due to these two circulations. “Southwest monsoon has further advanced into some more parts of Maldives-Comorin area, southwest and east central Bay of Bengal, most parts of Southeast Bay of Bengal and some parts of westcentral Bay of Bengal today the May 27 morning.

”Conditions are likely to become favourable for onset of southwest monsoon over Kerala around May 31,” the IMD said. The normal onset date for the monsoon’s arrival over Kerala is June 1. This also marks the commencement of four-month rainfall season from June to September. The IMD has predicted a normal monsoon this year.

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first published:May 28, 2021, 07:29 IST
last updated:May 28, 2021, 09:38 IST