According to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), the southwest monsoon is likely to hit the Kerala coast on 31 May. If this happens, the monsoon will reach the southern state before time. On Thursday, the monsoon moved ahead in parts of the Maldives-Comorin region and reached most of the southeast and east-central regions of the Bay of Bengal.
Several areas of Kerala have been receiving light to moderate-intensity rains since the beginning of this week. Ernakulam, Alappuzha, Kottayam, Idukki, Pathanamthitta and districts received 24-hour rainfall.
According to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), the rainfall across the country was 15 percent surplus for the period of March to May on Thursday. Except for the northeastern states, Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh, all states and union territories have recorded normal or above-normal rainfall during the ongoing pre-monsoon season