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June 5, 2012

Monsoon hits Kerala coast

     Thiruvananthapuram: The annual southwest monsoon, considered the key to agriculture, hit Kerala coast on Tuesday thereby bringing much-needed relief to the farming community. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) made the monsoon announcement today when 50 percent of the 14 observation stations in Kerala and Lakshadweep islands report rainfall for 48 hours. "We had predicted that monsoon would arrive around June 1, in which four days were model error. We had forecast that monsoon could arrive by June 5. Our prediction has been proven right as far as monsoon in Kerala is concerned," said Director of Meteorological Observatory, New Delhi , B P Yadav. The arrival of monsoon has brightened prospects of higher farm output by aiding farmers to plant summer-sown crops such as rice, soybean and cotton on time. Meanwhile, New Delhi witnessed a rare hailstorm followed by downpour on Tuesday afternoon. Indeed, it ushered a great relief for the Delhites and the visitors, from sweltering heat. " Delhi is expected to receive thundershowers to give respite from heat wave. We expect some thunderstorm or squall in Delhi . The weather is cloudy which has lessened heat wave," added Yadav. Residents of the national capital also expressed their joy following the pleasant weather. "The weather in Delhi has become very pleasant. We have got relief from summer. People are very happy," said Mohan Sachdeva, a resident of New Delhi.
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