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Southwest monsoon likely to reach Madhya Pradesh by June 15, says IMD

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India Meteorological Department (IMD) Bhopal Centre on Saturday said southwest monsoon is likely to arrive in Madhya Pradesh by June 15, two days before its usual onset in the state.

An official from the meteorological department stated southwest monsoon made an early onset over Kerala and the northeastern region on Thursday.

According to the IMD, the simultaneous onset of monsoon over Kerala and the northeast is quite rare and has happened on four occasions earlier — in 2017, 1997, 1995 and 1991.

“Monsoon is likely to set over Madhya Pradesh around June 15 or a day or two ahead of its normal schedule,” said Pramendra Kumar, IMD Bhopal Centre.

Madhya Pradesh is likely to receive more than its normal rainfall this season. The average rainfall of the state was 949 mm.

Another meteorologist of IMD’s Bhopal Centre, Prakash Dhawale, said that the southwest monsoon has made an early onset over Kerala.

If the advancement remains normal, monsoon is likely to reach south Madhya Pradesh a day or two ahead of June 17, he said.

In 2022, the monsoon arrived in the central state on June 16, a day before its usual schedule, and covered 80 per cent of the state by June 21.