New Delhi (Big Wire) Annual monsoon rains could arrive over the southern Kerala coast by a week later than the normal date of June 1, said the India Meteorological Department on Sunday.
The statistical model forecast suggests that the monsoon onset over Kerala in this year is likely to be slightly delayed, the weather office said in a statement.
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The onset forecast for the South-West monsoon has a model error of plus and minus four days. The June-September monsoon rains are considered to be the lifeline of farm-dependent Indian economy.
|Year||Actual onset date||Forecast onset day|
|2015||June 5||May 30|
|2014||June 6||June 5|
|2013||June 1||June 3|
|2012||June 5||June 1|
|2011||May 29||May 31|
In April, the weather office had forecast a surplus summer rain season in 2016, improving market sentiments after the last two straight years of a bad monsoon that caused droughts in many parts of the country.