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Monsoon may reach Kerala by Sunday

23 May 2009

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Saturday said that conditions were favourable for the onset of monsoon in Kerala by Sunday.

The IMD said on its website that the conditions were also favourable for further advance of the monsoon into some parts of south Arabian Sea, some parts of extreme south peninsula, parts of south Bay of Bengal and some more parts of central Bay of Bengal during the same period.

Earlier this month, the IMD had predicted that the onset of the monsoon in Kerala would be on May 26 with a model error of four days to either side of the mean. Last year, the monsoon hit the state May 28.

From Kerala, the monsoon travels upwards to the central Indian plains and is expected to cover most of the country by June end.

The IMD has also issued a warning that isolated heavy to very heavy rainfall will take place in Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Kerala, and isolated heavy rainfall over Lakshadweep and coastal Karnataka.

The outlook for the next two days was rainfall activity at most places over northeastern states and east India with possibility of heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places.

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