New Delhi: The southwest monsoon is likely to make an onset over Kerala on June 1, thanks to a cyclonic circulation, the India Meteorological Department said on Thursday. Also Read - Assam Floods: Heavy Rainfall Affects Over 9 Lakh People in 23 Districts; Oil Well Fire Dousing Efforts Disrupted

The India Meteorological Department (IMD), in its onset date forecast on May 15, had said the monsoon is likely to hit the southern state on June 5, four days after its normal onset date. Also Read - Delhi News: IMD Declares Monsoon From Thursday as Heavy Rains Lash Parts of City

The normal onset of monsoon over Kerala is June 1. Also Read - Monsoon to Hit Delhi, Uttar Pradesh in Next 48 Hours: IMD

However, a cyclonic circulation over the Bay of Bengal is likely to help in the progress of monsoon.

“A low pressure area is likely to form over southeast and adjoining east central Arabian Sea during May 31 to June 4. In view of this, conditions are very likely to become favourable from June 1 for onset of southwest monsoon over Kerala, the IMD said.

According to the IMD, the country is likely to receive normal monsoon this year.