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Southwest Monsoon Hits Kerala 3 Days In Advance, Skymet’s Prediction Holds True

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| May 29 , 2018 , 13:47 IST

The Southwest Monsoon hit Kerala on Monday thus signalling the arrival of the rainy season in India as per top weather forecasting agency Skymet Weather.

The Noida based private agency had, a fortnight ago precisely predicted that the Southwest Monsoon would hit Kerala on May 28, 3 days ahead of schedule.

Read: Southwest Monsoon To Hit Kerala On May 28: Skymet

Mahesh Palawat, Skymet’s Vice President of Meteorology and Climate Change confirmed the onset and said the three criterions for the monsoon onset i.e rainfall, wind field and outgoing longwave radiation (OLR) were in place.

“More than sixty percent of the 14 available stations in Kerala and Karnataka reported 2.5mm or more rain for the last three days. Outgoing longwave radiation is less than what it should be and the wind field i.e westerly winds are at 15-20 knots as required,” Palawat said.

“At this time there are low-pressure areas in the Southeast Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal. With their help, monsoon will scale further. In the next two-three days, there will be good rains in Kerala, Karnataka and Maharashtra’s coast will witness good rainfall. Monsoon will hit Mumbai on 6 June,” he added.

The agency has predicted light to moderate with one or two heavy spells are expected over Kerala, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland and parts of Arunachal Pradesh during the next 24 hours,