Photos: Monsoon announces itself at Kerala’s shores

India can expect to receive above average monsoon rainfall for the second straight year in 2020, the India Meteorological Department said on June 1, raising hopes for higher farm output and a boost for Asia's third-biggest economy as it reels from the new coronavirus. The coastal regions of Kerala saw the southwest monsoon reaching just in time this year, keeping its June 1 date for the onset of the season’s rains.

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A clear blue sky and clouds seen at Kovalam in Thiruvananthapuram on May 31. When clouds started appearing on the horizon, it was a sure sign of the impending southwest monsoon at its first stopover in the country. (Vivek Nair / HT Photo)

A clear blue sky and clouds seen at Kovalam in Thiruvananthapuram on May 31. When clouds started appearing on the horizon, it was a sure sign of the impending southwest monsoon at its first stopover in the country. (Vivek Nair / HT Photo)

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Fishermen row coracles as they set out to fish in the morning in Kochi on June 1. Monsoon rains remain critical for farmers in India, with nearly half its people directly or indirectly depend on agriculture for a living. Millions of farmers depend on the rains to begin the summer sowing. (R S Iyer / AP)

Fishermen row coracles as they set out to fish in the morning in Kochi on June 1. Monsoon rains remain critical for farmers in India, with nearly half its people directly or indirectly depend on agriculture for a living. Millions of farmers depend on the rains to begin the summer sowing. (R S Iyer / AP)

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Beach goers on a seaside promenade as clouds gather over the Arabian Sea in Kochi on June 1. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) estimates that India can expect this year’s rains to be “normal” at 102% of long period average (LPA). (Sivaram V / REUTERS)

Beach goers on a seaside promenade as clouds gather over the Arabian Sea in Kochi on June 1. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) estimates that India can expect this year’s rains to be “normal” at 102% of long period average (LPA). (Sivaram V / REUTERS)

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Crows near on upturned boat as clouds gather over Vizhinjam in Thiruvananthapuram on June 1. A normal monsoon is defined by the Met department as 96 to 104% of LPA and above normal as 104 to 110% of LPA. (Vivek Nair / HT Photo)

Crows near on upturned boat as clouds gather over Vizhinjam in Thiruvananthapuram on June 1. A normal monsoon is defined by the Met department as 96 to 104% of LPA and above normal as 104 to 110% of LPA. (Vivek Nair / HT Photo)

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A fisherman sets out to fish in the morning in Kochi on June 1. The country’s rice and cotton growing north-western region could get 107% rainfall of the LTA, while soybean, sugar cane and cotton growing central region could receive 103% rainfall, the IMD said. (R S Iyer / AP)

A fisherman sets out to fish in the morning in Kochi on June 1. The country’s rice and cotton growing north-western region could get 107% rainfall of the LTA, while soybean, sugar cane and cotton growing central region could receive 103% rainfall, the IMD said. (R S Iyer / AP)

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A rainbow forms in Vizhinjam. Rains usually hit Kerala around June 1 and cover the whole country by mid-July. This year the monsoon came just on time and could boost the planting of crops such as rice, soybeans and cotton. (Vivek Nair / HT Photo)

A rainbow forms in Vizhinjam. Rains usually hit Kerala around June 1 and cover the whole country by mid-July. This year the monsoon came just on time and could boost the planting of crops such as rice, soybeans and cotton. (Vivek Nair / HT Photo)

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People under umbrellas walk on a road during rain, in Kochi on June 2, a day after the IMD officially announced the commencement of the four-month long rainfall season. (PTI)

People under umbrellas walk on a road during rain, in Kochi on June 2, a day after the IMD officially announced the commencement of the four-month long rainfall season. (PTI)

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Fishing boats close to shore as the weather turns in Vizhinjam. The rice and tea growing region in north-eastern parts could receive 96% rainfall this year, while rice, rubber and coffee growing southern India could get 102% rains. (Vivek Nair / HT Photo)

Fishing boats close to shore as the weather turns in Vizhinjam. The rice and tea growing region in north-eastern parts could receive 96% rainfall this year, while rice, rubber and coffee growing southern India could get 102% rains. (Vivek Nair / HT Photo)

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