New Delhi: India’s monsoon rains, crucial for crops such as sugarcane and rice, are expected to hit the southern coast on 26 May, five days ahead of the normal date, the weather office said on Thursday.
The India Meteorological Department said monsoons were expected over the Andaman Sea in the next two or three days.
“The monsoon onset over Kerala in 2009 is likely to be on 26 May,” it said in a statement, adding its forecast model had an error margin of four days.
The onset of rains would help farmers plant summer crops early, but the size of the harvest would depend on the amount of rainfall and its distribution across different parts of the country.
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Last month, the weather office said the June-September monsoon was likely to be 96% of the long-term average.
The Met department’s forecasts have been inaccurate at times.