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Monsoon likely delayed further, to make onset over Kerala on June 7: IMD

Last month, announcing the expected day of monsoon arrival over Kerala, IMD said it could happen on June 6, with an error margin of plus or minus four days

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The state-run India Meteorological Department (IMD) is expected to release its first forecast in April
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The onset of could be delayed further by a day to June 7, the India Meteorological Department said on Tuesday.

On Saturday, private weather forecaster Skymet too revised its forecast from June 4 to June 7.

Last month, announcing the expected day of arrival over Kerala, said it could happen on June 6, with an error margin of plus or minus four days.

"Cross equatorial flow over southern parts of South and over the Bay of Bengal is likely to increase gradually favouring further advance of southwest over some more parts of South Arabian sea, Maldives, Comorin area, southwest, southeast and central Bay of Bengal during next 24 hours," it said.

"An eastwest shear zone at 3.1 kilometres above mean sea level is very likely to develop across extreme south peninsula from tomorrow onwards leading to favourable conditions for onset of southwest monsoon over during the subsequent 72 hours," it added.

Earth Sciences Minister had also indicated that monsoon could hit the coast on June 6-7.

Several parts of the country are reeling under severe heat waves with temperatures touching 50 degree Celsius in some parts.

Vardhan said monsoon is likely to be 96 per cent of the Long Period Average (LPA), which falls on the border line of normal and below normal category.

First Published: Tue, June 04 2019. 20:40 IST