Monsoon likely to hit Karnataka by May end: IMD

Bengaluru: The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted an early onset of the South West Monsoon (SWM) in Kerala and Karnataka. Additionally, it forecasts rain across most parts of Karnataka until the end of May. Previously, the IMD had stated that the monsoon was expected to reach Kerala by June 4, reported The New Indian Express.

N. Puviyarasan, director of IMD Bengaluru, mentioned that due to the advancement of various systems and the formation of new ones, the monsoon’s arrival is likely to be earlier. It is now expected to hit Kerala by May 30 and Karnataka by May 31. He noted that an advance or delay of up to five days is considered when forecasting the monsoon.

In 2023, Karnataka received 678.4 mm of rainfall from June to September, during the SWM period, compared to the normal 831.8 mm, marking an 18% deficit, according to IMD data.

From March 1 to May 24, Karnataka received 120.7 mm of rain compared to the normal 94 mm.


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