The IMD had earlier predicted that the onset could be around June 6 with an error of plus or minus four days
KOCHI: The Indian meteorological department has just announced that conditions are favourable for the onset of the southwest monsoon on June 1.
It said that this is in view of likely formation of a low pressure area over southeast & adjoining east central Arabian Sea around May 31.
As on Thursday, the Southwest Monsoon has further advanced into some parts of Maldives Comorin area, some more parts of south Bay of Bengal, remaining parts of Andaman Sea and Andaman & Nicobar Islands. This is expected to further advance into some more parts of Maldives-Comorin area during next 48 hours.
Under the influence of the cyclonic circulation over west central and adjoining southwest Arabian Sea, a low pressure area has formed over West central Arabian Sea and associated cyclonic circulation extends up to mid tropospheric level.
It is very likely to concentrate into a Depression over the same region during next 48 hours. It is likely to move northwestwards towards south Oman & east Yemen coast during next 72 hours.
Following the alert by IMD of two developing depressions in the Arabian sea, the state government had banned all fishing activities in these waters. It has sent out messages to all fishermen out in the sea to return back by tonight. Those who cannot return to Kerala coast have been asked to reach their nearest coasts as early as possible.
The IMD had earlier predicted that the onset could be around June 6 with an error of plus or minus four days.