Skymet Says, Monsoon Expected In Kerala On June 4, Likely To Be "Below Normal"

Skymet Says, Monsoon Expected In Kerala On June 4, Likely To Be "Below Normal"

Skymet Says, Monsoon Expected In Kerala On June 4, Likely To Be "Below Normal" (representational) 

New Delhi: Monsoon rains are expected to arrive in Kerala on June 4 and deliver less rainfall than average in 2019, the country's only private weather forecasting agency said on Tuesday, dampening prospects of higher farm and economic growth in the $2.6 trillion economy.

Rains usually lash Kerala around June 1 and cover the whole country by mid-July. Timely rains trigger planting of crops such as rice, soybeans and cotton.

The country is likely to receive 93% rainfall of the long period average, Skymet said in a statement.

The monsoon season delivers about 70% of the country's annual rainfall and is key to the success of the farm sector in Asia's third-biggest economy.