Weather conditions are favourable for the onset of the monsoon slightly before the official date of June 1, Skymet Weather said, ending two straight years of drought.
It said the monsoon was likely to hit the southern Kerala state between May 20 and May 30, simultaneously covering some parts of northeastern India too, it said.
Monson rains are expected to hit the Andaman and Nicobar islands between may 18 and May 20. Most parts of South India and the country’s northeast will be covered by the first week of June.
Skymet Weather predicted that the eastern arm of the monsoon will move at a faster pace as compared to its western arm. “In view of this, it is expected to reach Kolkata by June 10, while, Mumbai will have to wait a little more and is likely to get rains only between June 12 and June 14.
It said the monsoon was expected to advance slowly over Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh, covering most parts of these states June 25.
Monsoon is likely to mark its onset over Delhi by July 1. Subsequently, almost all parts of the country barring West Rajasthan will be covered between July 1 and July 7. Further, Monsoon will cover the entire country before July 15, Skymet said.