Kochi: The monsoon arrived in Kerala three days ahead of its scheduled time, but now the pace of progress has slowed down. The Regional Meteorological Department, based in Thiruvananthapuram, has informed that the southwest monsoon has hit the state ahead of schedule, but so far the rainfall has been 50 per cent less than the average. On Saturday, some parts of Thiruvananthapuram recorded a maximum temperature of 32 degrees Celsius, which was very unusual according to the initial period of the monsoon.
According to the Met department, usually after the arrival of the monsoon, many parts of the province receive an average of 6-8 centimeters of rainfall. But this time, on Friday, the highest rainfall in the Mankompu area of Alappuzha district was only 5 cm. Media reports quoted a Met department official as saying that the rainfall in the state has been less because no active weather system has been created. Therefore, the monsoon activities have not increased.
The official also said that apart from the weather system, there were no strong winds, which led to light rain in the state. According to Skymet Weather Services, such a situation in the state could last for the next one week, due to which there will be no heavy rain. Skymet has also reported that some parts of Karnataka are receiving good rainfall.