A parabolic antenna stands at the National Satellite Meteorological Center in New Delhi. (Photographer: Prashanth Vishwanathan/Bloomberg)

Southwest Monsoon To Hit Kerala On May 28, Says Skymet

The Southwest Monsoon, which brings seasonal rain to the Indian subcontinent, will hit Kerala on May 28, four days ahead of its normal onset date, private weather forecasting agency Skymet said.

The monsoon is expected to reach the Andaman and Nicobar Islands on May 20 and is expected to advance further to Sri Lanka and over East Central Bay of Bengal on May 24, it said.

"The monsoon is expected to hit Kerala on May 28," Mahesh Palawat, Vice President (Meteorology and Climate Change) of Skymet, said.

The normal date for onset of the monsoon in Kerala is June 1.

This year, the Skymet and India Meteorological Department have predicted a normal monsoon.

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