The India Meteorological Department (IMD) said that the monsoon is likely to reach the remaining parts of Kerala, Lakshadweep, some parts of Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, coastal and south interior Karnataka by Saturday.
According to a report by the Hindustan Times, the IMD said that the Southwest Monsoon is likely to advance into the remaining parts of the south Arabian Sea and some parts of central Arabian Sea, remaining parts of Kerala, Lakshadweep, some parts of Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, coastal and south interior Karnataka, Rayalaseema, and south and central Bay of Bengal today and tomorrow.
After a delay of two days, the Southwest Monsoon made an onset over Kerala on Thursday, marking the commencement of the four-month rainfall season in the country.
"The Southwest Monsoon has made an onset over southern parts of Kerala," IMD Director General Mrutunjay Mohapatra said.
According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), the rains arrived two days later than its normal schedule of June 1. This is the third time in the last six years that the monsoon arrived late. In 2016 and 2019, Southwest Monsoon made an onset over Kerala on June 8.
A good monsoon is critical to the Indian economy which is still largely based on agriculture and its allied activities.
Most parts of the country are expected to receive normal to above-normal rainfall during the season, the IMD said.
As rains lashed parts of Kerala, the IMD sounded a 'yellow alert' for eight districts -- Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha, Kottayam, Ernakulam, Idukki, Kozhikode, Kannur and Kasaragod -- indicating the possibility of isolated heavy rainfall.
(With inputs from PTI)