Thiruvananthapuram, May 18: The Southwest monsoon is likely to hit Kerala coast on May 29, which is three days ahead of normal arrival date, the India Meteorological Department was quoted as telling Business Standard on Friday. Millions of farmers across the country eagerly wait for the Southwest monsoon every year. Also Read - Delta Plus Variant in Kerala: What You Should Know

The monsoon could arrive four days before or after the mentioned date. The monsoon will cover the entire country in next 45 days, once it arrives. However, it is not guaranteed that monsoon will progress normally after it arrives over Kerala. Generally, the monsoon arrives on June 1 over the Kerala Coast. Also Read - No Rains For Delhi And Neighbouring Areas This Week, Monsoon Likely by June-end

“The southwest monsoon advances over the Andaman Sea normally around May 20 with a standard deviation of about one week. Conditions are likely to become favorable for the advance of southwest monsoon into some parts of the Andaman Sea and the southeast Bay of Bengal around May 23,” the IMD told the newspaper. Also Read - Be Ready For Monsoon With These Skincare Tips by Shahnaz Husain

The monsoon is expected to be normal this year, as predicted by the met department in its forecast last month. This is a good news for farmers as good rains can bring harvest; farmers can also expect a recovery in the farm sector.

Private weather forecasting agency Skymet also predicted that monsoons this year is expected to be ‘normal’ and that rains could be 100 per cent of the Long Period Average (LPA) with a model error of plus and minus 5 per cent. It further said that East and North-East India along with parts of Southern India might get slightly ‘below normal’ rains in 2018, while the agriculturally crucial regions of North and Central India are expected to get ‘normal’ to ‘excess’ rains in 2018.