The four-month rainy season officially began in the country as the southwest monsoon hit the Kerala coast on Saturday after a delay of a week.
Several parts of Kerala are receiving a good amount of rainfall.
India Meteorological Department’s Director General-designate Mrutyunjay Mohapatra said the monsoon made an onset over Kerala on June 8.
The news will augur well for the country as large parts have been reeling under an intense heat wave and water levels in reservoirs in the west and south India have dipped to low levels.
The north Indian plains, central India and parts of south India have been recording temperatures over 45 degrees Celsius. Mercury has soared to over 50 degrees in parts of Rajasthan.
On Thursday, IMD said the arrival of monsoon in Delhi is likely to be delayed by two-three days from its usual onset on June 29. However, Skymet said it may take at least a week longer.
The city is likely to receive normal monsoon. Northwest India too is likely to have normal monsoon.
IMD predicts normal monsoon
The IMD has made a forecast of 96 per cent of the Long Period Average (LPA) which falls on the border of normal and below normal rainfall. The LPA of the season rainfall over the country as a whole for the period 1951-2000 is 89 cm.
It has, however, maintained monsoon will be “normal” for 2019.
The rains in June are likely to be impacted due to El-Nino, although a weak one. It is generally believed that El-Nino, associated with the heating of Pacific waters, has an impact on the monsoon.
The delay in monsoon has no correlation to the overall quantum of the rainfall. However, monsoon will be late in other parts of the country due to its overall delay.
Monsoon arrived in the south Andaman Sea, its first Indian outpost before it reaches the mainland, on May 18.
Last month, the IMD said monsoon will reach Kerala on June 6, a delay of six days from its usual onset. However, conditions were not favourable for its progress.