The South West Monsoon, which is lifeline for the farmers, will hit Kerala Coast on June 4, three days later than the usual onset of monsoon season in the country. The Monsoon in the country is predicted to be below normal this time, according to Skymet, a private web forecaster.
Monsoon normally hits the country on June 1 with Kerala receiving the first showers. The monsoon is considered to be life line of Indian economy as everything depends on the rain that the country receives.
Though Monsoon seems to make a timely onset, the Skymet noted that the weather models indicated a weak onset that would result in a sluggish start to the rainy season. It said that Monsoon clouds would reach Andaman and Nicobar islands by May 22. Skymet director Jatin Singh said that all the four regions are likely to receive less rains this time. Central, East and North Eastern parts of the country would receive less rain than other parts of the country, he said.
Meanwhile, the Indian Meteorological Department had predicted average rainfall this season. It said that the eastern and north eastern parts of the country will receive 92 per cent of long Period Average (LPA). This region is likely to get 38 per cent of the monsoon rains. While the northwest part of the country will receive normal rainfall and see 96 per cent of the LPA, the LPA predicted for central part is 91 per cent.