Monsoon likely to hit Karnataka by May 31: IMD

The depression over Central Bay of Bengal is likely to intensify into a severe cyclonic storm by May 25 and cross Bangladesh and West Bengal.
Bengaluru saw overcast conditions owing to the depression over Bay of Bengal, on Friday. The depression is likely to intensify over the next few days
Bengaluru saw overcast conditions owing to the depression over Bay of Bengal, on Friday. The depression is likely to intensify over the next few days | Hewin Byju

BENGALURU: The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecast an early onset of South West Monsoon (SWM) in Kerala and Karnataka. It has also forecast rain in most parts of Karnataka till May-end. Earlier, the IMD stated that monsoon was likely to hit Kerala on June 4.

N Puviyarasan, director of IMD, Bengaluru, said with the advancement of various systems and formation of new systems, the onset of monsoon is likely to be advanced. It is likely to hit Kerala by May 30 and Karnataka by May 31. He said an advance or delay by five days would be considered whenever monsoon is forecast.

In 2023, against the normal rainfall of 831.8 mm from June to September (the SWM period), Karnataka received 678.4 mm, a deficit of 18%, according to IMD. 

The depression over Central Bay of Bengal is likely to intensify into a severe cyclonic storm by May 25 and cross Bangladesh and West Bengal. The SWM has advanced into some more parts of Maldives and Comorin area and South Bay of Bengal. The conditions are favourable for its further advancement to more parts of South Bay of Bengal, Central Bay of Bengal and parts of Northeast Bay of Bengal during the next two days. There is also a cyclonic circulation over South Kerala and its neighbourhood and extends up to 5.8 km above the mean sea level.

The IMD has forecast rain accompanied by thunderstorm, lightning and gusty winds at 40-50 kmph over most parts of Karnataka till May 31. It has also issued a warning to fishermen stating that squally weather with winds up to 65 kmph is likely to prevail over Karnataka’s coast.

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

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