New Delhi, May 13: The Southwest Monsoon will hit Kerala on May 28, four days ahead of its normal onset date, private weather forecasting agency Skymet said on Saturday. Adding further, it said that the monsoonal rains are expected to reach Andaman and Nicobar Islands on May 20 whereas, they will advance further to Sri Lanka and over East Central Bay of Bengal on May 24.

Southwest Monsoon is responsible for bringing seasonal rain to the Indian subcontinent.

“The monsoon is expected to hit Kerala on May 28,” Mahesh Palawat, Vice President (Meteorology and Climate Change) of Skymet, said. The normal date for onset of the monsoon in Kerala is June 1.

The Skymet and India Meteorological Department have predicted a normal monsoon this year.

Thunderstorm, Squall Likely in North India Today

The IMD on Saturday predicted that Uttarakhand, Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh in all likelihood may witness thunderstorm accompanied with squall, while parts of Rajasthan might see dust storm over the next two days i.e, Sunday and Monday.

Thunderstorm accompanied with squall with wind speed reaching 50-70 kilometres per hour are “very likely” at isolated places over east Uttar Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura, Gangetic West Bengal, Odisha and Jharkhand, the IMD advisory said. “Thunderstorm accompanied with gusty winds also very likely at isolated places over Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi, west Uttar Pradesh, Vidharbha, Chhattisgarh, Bihar, Telangana, north coastal Andhra Pradesh, south interior Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Lakshadweep and Kerala,” it added.

Earlier in the first week of May, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan have alone witnessed over 120 deaths due to thunderstorm and violent winds. Meanwhile, several states in north India have witnessed erratic weather pattern over the fortnight.

(With PTI inputs)