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Monsoon expected to arrive in state on June 6



The India meteorological department on Monday said that monsoon is expected to make onset over Goa on its normal date of June 6, as the monsoon rainfall kept its date with Kerala on Monday.

Explaining the monsoon arrival in the state, an IMD official said, “The cyclonic system may weaken by June 5, but rain will continue to fall with less intensity in the state…  If the monsoon currents are with sufficient strength then onset may happen on June 6.”

According to the IMD alert, heavy rainfall is likely at isolated places in North Goa and South Goa with wind speeds of 45 to 55 kms per hour. The coastal belt will also witness fast currents and high waves in the range of 2.8 metre to 4 metre.

In 2018 and 2019, the monsoon arrived after a departure of 14 days from the normal onset date in the state. In 2017, the monsoon arrived on June 7, a day after its scheduled arrival.

PTI ADDS FROM NEW DELHI: The southwest monsoon hit Kerala on Monday on its normal onset date, marking the commencement of the four-month-long rainfall season, the IMD said.

North India is likely to get “above normal” rainfall, while central India and the southern peninsula will receive “normal” rainfall. However, east and northeast India are likely to receive less rainfall than other parts of the country, according to the IMD.

“The southwest monsoon has made an onset over Kerala,” IMD director general Mrutyunjay Mohapatra declared as widespread rainfall occurred in the southern state during the past two days.

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