The South-West monsoon has finally lashed Kerala coast on 8 June, according to the weatherman. This apart, Tamil Nadu and parts of south interior Karnataka were also covered.
Having arrived late by more than a week, the monsoon is likely to give above normal rainfall this year, which will give pace to sowing of kharif crops such as pulses, oilseeds, maize and coarse grains and solve drinking water issue.
K Santosh, head, Thiruvananthapuram, Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said the bad weather conditions would continue in western and eastern Rajasthan, western Haryana, parts of Gujarat and western Madhya Pradesh.
The IMD forecasted on 7 June that monsoon would hit Kerala on 9 June. Its earlier arrival has brought relief to farmers, he added.
According to the IMD, the onset of monsoon is confirmed if 60 per cent of the 14 tracking stations in Kerala and Karnataka report rainfall of 2.5 mm and above in two days.
As per the weatherman’s forecast, the country is likely to receive above normal monsoon rains this year at an average of 106 percent.
Meanwhile, precautionary measures are being to restrict the flow of tourists to hill stations such as Ponmudi in view of heavy rains. People are being advised to avoid travelling, especially during night-time, on hilly roads.