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Southwest monsoon hits Kerala: IMD

NEW DELHI: On Tuesday, the southwest monsoon hit Kerala three days before its scheduled arrival, says the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD).

The onset of monsoon over the southern state marks the commencement of the four-month-long rainy season in the country.

The IMD confirmed that the monsoon has hit the Kerala coast on May 29.

” The monsoon has arrived early, as expected. The next stage forecast about region-wise distribution will be announced in the weel of June,” said the head of National Weather Forecasting M.Mohapatra at IMD

According to the IMD, if after May 10, 60% of the available 14 stations- Minicoy, Punalur, Amini, Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram, Kannur, Mangalore, Kudulu, Kollam, Thalassery, Kottayam, Thrissur, Allapuzha and Kozhikode report 2.5mm or more over Kerala can be declared on the second day. This is one of the main parameters for declaring the arrival of monsoon.

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