Thiruvananthapuram, June 8: After a delay of a week, monsoon hit the Kerala coast today, marking the official commencement of the four-month rainfall season in the country. India Meteorological Department's Director General-designate Mrutyunjay Mohapatra said Monsoon has made an onset over Kerala today. Several parts of Kerala have started receiving a good amount of rainfall.
On Thursday, IMD said, the arrival of monsoon in Delhi is likely to be delayed by two to three days from its usual onset on June 29. The city is likely to receive normal monsoon. Northwest India too is likely to have normal monsoon.
Mumbaikars may have to wait a little longer for the rains to hit the city. As monsoon has been delayed over Kerala, a respite from Mumbai heat seems far away.
However, the silver lining is that pre-monsoon showers may start from next week, around June 10 which was the date for onset of monsoon in Mumbai.
Heatwave conditions in many parts with a severe heatwave in isolated pockets are likely over Madhya Pradesh, Vidarbha and West Rajasthan. "Heat Wave to severe heat wave conditions in isolated pockets over South Uttar Pradesh and in isolated pockets over Punjab, South Haryana, Chhattisgarh, Marathwada and Telangana," IMD said.