Monsoon finally hits Kerala coast, 4 days behind schedule
Thiruvananthapuram: In what can be termed as a big relief to the people of India reeling under scorching heat, the southwest monsoon finally hit the Kerala coast today, according to Indian Meteorological Department.
The arrival of Monsoon is delayed by 4 days this year.
"The south-west monsoon has set in over Kerala, today against the normal date of June 1. It has advanced further into the entire South Arabian Sea, some parts of Central Arabian Sea, the entire Lakshadweep Area and Kerala, some parts of the coastal and south interior of Karnataka And Tamil Nadu, remaining parts of southeast Bay of Bengal and some parts of central and northeast bay of Bengal," the Indian Meteorological Department said in a statement.
Earlier, the government had scaled down Monsoon forecast to 88 percent citing an El Nino weather pattern which stoked fears of the drought.
El Nino is an event marked by warmer surface waters in the Pacific Ocean.
It increases the chance of droughts in the Asia-Pacific region, including Australia, Southeast Asia and India.