The southwest monsoon is likely to activate over Andamans by Saturday, after over a week’s delay, and reach Kerala in its four-month journey across India on May 31, a senior Met official said.
Mumbai can expect first showers of this year’s monsoon by June 10, according the MeT department.
Since a good monsoon not only affects key sectors of the economy, inflation and income, but also offers relief from a harsh summer, it is widely awaited by virtually every Indian — from farmers to policymakers.
“The delay in onset of monsoon in the Andamans is unlikely to impact its arrival in Kerala on May 31,” YEA Raj, the deputy Met chief, told HT over the phone from Chennai. According to forecast, the June-September rains are likely to be 98% of the long-period average of 50 years. Falls between 96% and 104% are considered normal.