India offically declares arrival of monsoon

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) announced the arrival of the critical Southwest monsoon in the southern state of Kerala, officially marking the start of country’s rainy season.

With monsoon hitting the southern shores, rains are expected to quickly spread to the rest of the country, bringing much-needed cheer and relief after two straight years of drought.

Now that the monsoon has hit Kerala, it is expected to rapidly spread to the rest of the country.

The IMD said in a statement that the 14 stations for which the rainfall is being monitored for declaring the monsoon onset over Kerala have reported widespread rainfall for the last 48 hours with more than 60 percent of then reporting rainfall on June 7 and 8.

The Southwest monsoon has further advanced into remaining parts of south Arabian Sea, Maldives, Comorin area, most parts of Kerala and Tamil Nadu, some parts of south interior Karnataka, remaining parts of south Bay of Bengal and some more parts of central Bay of Bengal, it said.

The IMD said conditions are favourable for further advance of southwest monsoon into some parts of central Arabian Sea, coastal Karnataka, remaining parts of Kerala and Tamil Nadu, some more parts of south interior Karnataka, some parts Andhra Pradesh and some more parts of central Bay of Bengal during the next 48 hours.

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