Thiruvanantapuram, June 06, 2023: The Met Office has said the formation of a low-pressure area over the southeast Arabian Sea and its intensification in the next 24 hours is likely to critically influence the advance of the monsoon towards the Kerala coast, news agency PTI reported.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) also said that the depression is likely to move northwestward and intensify into a cyclonic storm. The storm has been named Cyclone Biparjoy in Bangladesh.
In a bulletin, the Met office said the depression lay about 920 km west-southwest of Goa, 1,120 km south-southwest of Mumbai, 1,160 km south of Porbandar, and 1,520 km south of Karachi, Pakistan, at 5:30 am on Tuesday.
"It is likely to move nearly northwards and intensify into a cyclonic storm during the next 24 hours over east-central Arabian Sea and adjoining southeast Arabian Sea," it was quoted as saying by PTI.
The IMD had on Monday said the formation of a low-pressure system over the southeast Arabian Sea and its intensification is expected to critically influence the advance of the monsoon towards the Kerala coast.
The weather department, however, did not give a tentative date for the arrival of the monsoon in Kerala.
Private forecasting agency Skymet Weather said the monsoon onset over Kerala may happen on June 8 or June 9 but it is expected to be a "meek and mild entry".
"These powerful weather systems in the Arabian Sea spoil the advancement of the monsoon deep inland. Under their influence, the monsoon stream may reach coastal parts but will struggle to penetrate beyond the Western Ghats," it was quoted as saying by PTI.
Skymet had earlier predicted the monsoon onset over Kerala on June 7 with an error margin of three days.
Courtesy: India Today