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Southwest monsoon hits Kerala, northeast two days ahead of schedule

30 May 2017 | By Gogona Saikia
An early monsoon in 2017

The Southwest monsoon hit the Kerala coast on May 30, two days ahead of its normal schedule.

It has also hit the northeast due to Cyclone Mora, which facilitated the progress of rainfall this time.

The monsoon is expected to cover the entire country by July. India is also likely to receive above-average monsoon this time.

In context: An early monsoon in 2017

30 May 2017Southwest monsoon hits Kerala, northeast two days ahead of schedule

TrendMonsoon expected to cover the entire country by July

Generally, the southern peninsula and the eastern coastal states are covered by monsoon by June first week, reaching Mumbai around the 10th and covering the entire country in another month.

However, there is no correlation between the onset of monsoon and its progress in later weeks, said DS Pai at the Pune IMD.

IMD's statistical model has an error margin of ± 4 days

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Rainfall also likely to be higher than average this season

10 May 2017Rainfall also likely to be higher than average this season

India is likely to receive above-average monsoon rainfall this time after El Nino conditions eased in the last few weeks, the IMD earlier said.

It predicted rains at 96% of a 50-year average of 89cm, but "things have changed for the good since then", said director general KJ Ramesh.