Thiruvananthapuram, June 7: After a brief waiting, monsoon is likely to make its landfall in Kerala within the next 48 hours. For this, Kerala State Disaster Management Authority has issued an Orange alert, which means 'be prepared', in Kollam and Alappuzha districts for June 9 while a Yellow alert (heavy rain) is issued in seven districts for June 9 and in five districts for June 10.
The showers are likely in Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Alappuzha and Ernakulam among other cities in the next 48 hours. Earlier, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) had predicted that state will receive its monsoon by June 6.
Typically, monsoon hits Kerala by June 1 with a standard deviation of seven days. The Southwest monsoon in Kerala marks beginning of the rainy season in India. As monsoon progress, it moves towards North. In the last two years, monsoon hit the southern state before June, in late May.
Meanwhile, monsoon in Mumbai, which typically arrives by June 10, is predicted in the third week of June. There is about ten days gap between the onset of monsoon in Kerala and Mumbai. Last year, showers started on June 9. (UNI)