Monsoon Arrives Early In Kerala, Brings Relief from Scorching Heat

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Pune, 30th May 2024: The long-awaited monsoon has finally made its entrance into the Indian subcontinent, bringing much-needed relief from the sweltering summer heat. According to the Meteorological Department, the monsoon has arrived in Kerala, accompanied by heavy rainfall. This timely arrival signals a respite for many states grappling with high temperatures.

Remarkably, the onset of the monsoon has occurred two days earlier than expected, as confirmed by the Meteorological Department. Today, on May 30th, the monsoon has advanced into most parts of Northeast India, providing relief to residents in the region.

The first monsoon showers have been recorded in several areas of the Kottayam district in Kerala. The IMD reports that the southwest monsoon has made its presence felt in Kerala and has reached most parts of Northeast India today, May 30th.

The early arrival of the southwest monsoon, two days ahead of the forecasted date of June 1st, has been noted by the Meteorological Department (IMD Monsoon Update). It is anticipated that within a few hours, the monsoon will engulf many states in Northeast India.

Meteorologists attribute the accelerated onset of the monsoon to Cyclone ‘Remal’, which traversed through West Bengal and Bangladesh on Sunday. The cyclone’s movement has drawn the monsoon flow towards the Bay of Bengal, potentially contributing to its premature arrival in the Northeast. The India Meteorological Department has confirmed the arrival of the southwest monsoon in Kerala.

In Kerala, heavy rainfall has been occurring for the past few days, resulting in an increase in precipitation for the month of May. Typically, the monsoon arrives in Kerala on June 1st, while in Arunachal Pradesh, Tripura, Nagaland, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Manipur, and Assam, the expected date is June 5th.

The IMD officially declares the onset of the monsoon in Kerala when 14 centers in Kerala and neighboring areas receive rainfall of 2.5 mm or more for two consecutive days after May 10th, with low outgoing longwave radiation and southwesterly wind direction.

Scientists note that El Niño conditions persist currently, with the possibility of La Niña conditions developing by August-September, which could have implications for the monsoon pattern in the coming months.