Pune, May 21 UNI | 2 months ago

With the Southwest Monsoon having set in most parts of the Andaman Sea and some parts of South-Eastern Bay of Bengal on Sunday, the Met department today said if there is no cyclonic circulation, the monsoon will arrive in Kerala in the first week of June and in the state in the second week.

"All the factors have been assessed and we believe that the monsoon will arrive by June 5 in Kerala. If the progress is as it is, we should have the onset of monsoon in Pune between June 8 to June 10, which is the usual date," a senior Met official said.

The monsoon season is crucial for agriculture where a majority of farmers depend on rain to irrigate land.

"The timing of the onset of monsoon is important. If the onset is late, then it is not a good sign for the rest of the monsoon as co-relation can be drawn on late onset and subsequent abnormalities in advancement of rainy season in the rest of the country," said a Met expert.

(Posted on 21-05-2014)