Southwest monsoon hits Kerala, says IMD

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Wednesday said that the much-awaited Southwest monsoon has hit the Kerala coast.

IMD added that the southwest monsoon has furthered advanced into some parts of south Arabian Sea, Maldives, Comorin area and southwest Bay of Bengal. Several parts of Kerala are already witnessing heavy rains.

To declare the onset of monsoon over Kerala, the IMD has three important parameters.

The 14 stations at which the rainfall is being monitored for declaring the Monsoon onset over Kerala have reported widespread rainfall for the last 48 hours with more than 60 per cent of stations recording rainfall on June 7 and 8.

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