17 May 2010
Weather officials on Sunday said they were closely watching the southwest monsoon's progress which is likely to arrive in Mumbai by 10 June.
Andaman and Nicobar islands received the first showers of the much-awaited south-west monsoon today setting the stage for its advance towards Kerala.
According to Ajit Tyagi, director general of India Meteorological Department (IMD), the south-west monsoon had set in parts of south Bay of Bengal, Andaman and Nicobar Islands and most parts of Andaman Sea.
Last week the IMD had forecast that the monsoon would reach Kerala by 30 May.
According to weather officials conditions were favourable for further advance of monsoon over more parts of Bay of Bengal and other parts of Andaman Sea over the next two days.
The IMD in its forecast last month had said rainfall would be normal this year with a precipitation of 98 per cent of the Long Period Average (LPA), subject to a model error of plus or minus 5 per cent over the entire season (June to September).