Monsoon rains arrive at southern Kerala coast, Northeast two days early: IMD
A weather warning has been issued for fishermen and people staying in coastal areas for heavy rains in the next 48 hours.india Updated: Jun 18, 2017 17:12 IST
Monsoon entered the Indian mainland on Tuesday, a couple of days ahead of schedule, aided partly by a cyclone in the Bay of Bengal, according to the Indian meteorological department.
The monsoon rains are a lifeline for India’s economy and breaks weeks of punishing heat, especially in central and northern states where dozens die every year due to heat-strokes.
Director general of IMD KJ Ramesh said in Delhi the monsoon had arrived in Kerala and Northeast, and the regional centre in Thiruvananthapuram put out a weather warning for fishermen and people staying in coastal areas for heavy rains in the next 48 hours.
The June-September south-west monsoon accounts for 70% of the country’s rainfall, feeding 60% of the country’s farmlands that are the backbone for the economy. Almost half of the population is employed in agriculture sector.
A part of the reason for the system’s early arrival, according to the IMD, is the cyclone over Bay of Bengal that made landfall over Bangladesh on Monday.
Cyclone Mora helped pull the monsoon into Northeast of India as well, a region that usually gets rains a couple of days after Kerala, Ramesh said.
Much of the country has been reeling under hot weather that saw temperatures in March hitting levels usually seen in May.
After hitting Kerala, the monsoon begins its northward and north-east journey, drenching the whole country in 40 days.
The normal date for monsoon onset on Delhi is around the end of June.
The India Meteorological Department declares the arrival of monsoon rains only after parameters measuring consistency of rainfall over a defined geography, intensity, cloudiness and wind speed are satisfied.
Andaman and Nicobar, islands off the eastern coast that are usually the first areas to receive the monsoon rains, received rainfall six days ahead of schedule earlier this month.