Thiruvananthapuram: Even as North India continues to reel under intense heat wave conditions, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) announced on Monday that Monsoon rains would hit the Kerala coast in the next 48 hours.
IMD in a statement issued today said that weather conditions are "becoming favourable" for the arrival of monsoon rains over southern Kerala coast. Generally, Monsoon arrives on Kerala’s shore on June 1.
However, the onset of the rains was delayed due to cyclonic pressure over the Arabian Sea.
The monsoon is now gaining strength and would, tentatively, arrive on June 6-7.
Meanwhile, rain occurred at a few places in Kerala and Isolated places in Lakshadweep on Sunday.
Maximum temperature was above normal in Kozhikode and Piravom districts. Above normal in Ernakulam,Kannur,Kollam, Kottayam districts and changed little in the remaining districts.
First Published: Monday, June 04, 2012, 13:15