New Delhi: The southwest monsoon is likely to set over Kerala on June 5, four days behind schedule, the Indian Meteorological Department said on Thursday. The forecast comes with an error of plus or minus four days. The normal date of onset of monsoon over the state is June 1.  Last year, rains arrived in Kerala on June 1.

The southwest monsoon is crucial for the farming community which heavily depends on the rainfall, particularly for kharif crops such as rice, soyabean, cotton and maize.  The Met department said monsoon was likely to advance over Andaman Sea in the next three days as low-level cross equatorial monsoon flow had started appearing over south of Andaman Sea and adjoining south Bay of Bengal. During the last few days, there has been considerable increase in the rainfall activity over the Bay of Bengal.     — PTI

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