Monsoon arrives in Kerala

Thiruvananthapuram, May 31 (IANS) Monsoon arrived in Kerala Monday. Fairly widespread to widespread rainfall was reported in the state as also in coastal Karnataka, south Tamil Nadu and the northeastern states, weather officials said.

The rainfall amount recorded at 8:30 a.m. was (all in cm) Karwar (11), Gangtok (9), Kannur and Panjim (6 each), Kailashahar (5), Cherrapunji, Alappuzha and Honavar (4), and Minicoy, Kozikode and north Lakhimpur (3).

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) announced that the southwest monsoon has further advanced into most parts of south Arabian Sea, entire Kerala, south Tamil Nadu and some more parts of southwest Bay of Bengal.

The conditions were favourable for further advancement of monsoon into some parts of central Arabian Sea, coastal and south interior Karnataka and Goa during Tuesday and Wednesday, it said.

The monsoon’s advance will also depend upon the intensity and direction of movement of the low pressure area currently lying over central Arabian Sea at 8:30 a.m. Monday, it added.

The IMD also said that the heatwave conditions have abated from northwest India. However, the heat wave continued to prevail over many parts of Vidarbha and isolated pockets of Telangana. The highest maximum temperature of 46.1 degrees Celsius was recorded at Nagpur (Maharashtra).