Monsoons hit Kerala coast today after a week’s delay

The monsoons have hit Kerala coast today after being delayed by a week commencing the four-month rainfall season in the country. India Meteorological Department’s Director General designate Mrutyunjay Mohapatra told news agency PTI that, “Monsoon has made an onset over Kerala today.”

Several parts of Kerala have started receiving a good amount of rainfall.

Meanwhile Skymet, a private weatherman predicts that a weak monsoon this time and also the driest pre-monsoon season in over 65 years. Speaking with news agency ANI, Skymet said that this time it’s just 99 millimeters against a normal of 131.5 millimeters .

The three month pre-monsoon season between March and May ended with a rainfall deficiency of 25 percent.

A dry monsoon has a direct impact on the India’s economy affecting over 75 percent of Indians living in rural India. Moreover agriculture is one of India’s major contributors in determining the country’s GDP, which could bring about low figures.

Also, a dramatic spike in the mercury across North India, resulted in many places with temperature over 45 degrees Celsius. In some places, specifically Churu recorded 50.3 degrees Celsius early this week.

The rains in June are likely to be impacted due to El-Nino, however the IMD maintains that the monsoon will be “normal” for 2019.