New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The Southwest Monsoon hit Kerala, exactly on the day it was predicted to hit the coastal state, the India Meteorological Department said on Monday. "Southwest Monsoon has set in over Kerala today, the 1st June 2020," the IMD stated. 

Conditions have been favourable for the onset of the monsoon over Kerala due to the formation of Cyclone 'Nisarga' over the Arabian Sea.

Earlier this week, the weather bureau has said that monsoon rains were likely to hit India around June 1. 

In 2019, the monsoon had hit Kerala on June 8.

With the onset of Monsoon, the IMD earlier today issued a yellow alert for nine districts of the state. A yellow alert has been issued for Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha, Kottayam, Ernakulam, Idukki, Malappuram, and Kannur districts for June 1.

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IMD has issued Yellow alert for Ernakulam, Thrissur, Malappuram, Kozhikode, and Kasaragod on June 2. IMD has placed Kannur and Kasaragod under yellow alert on June 3.

On April 15, Madhavan Rajeevan, Secretary of Ministry of Earth Sciences forecasted that monsoon rains this year are likely to be normal at 100 per cent of the long period average with model error of 5 per cent.

The second stage long-range forecast for the monsoon will be issued by the IMD later during the day.

"The yellow alert is meant to warn the public and concerned officials to the situation," said the Kerala State Disaster Management Authority (KSDMA).

"Heavy rainfall is predicted and isolated areas are expected to receive 64.5 mm to 115.5 mm rain till Tuesday morning," the Meteorological Department said. 

The Monsoon season that lasts for four months (June-September) accounts for 75 per cent of rainfall in India. 

(with ANI, IANS inputs)

Posted By: James Kuanal