The current dry weather experienced across the state as per the official weatherman is known as ‘Monsoon break’, a phenomenon where in the rainfall suddenly ceases a few days after the monsoon begins. However, scanty rainfall is witnessed in few places across the state.
Meanwhile the MET department has confirmed that the south west monsoon will gain strength from the mid of July.
As per most of the weather predictions, monsoon is expected to return to the state by July 8th and a heavy downpour is expected from the mid of July. Meanwhile MET department officials stated that isolated heavy showers may be witnessed in some parts of Kerala before south west monsoon resumes.
The month of June received one of the least rainfalls in the past 39 years. The state received just 408.44 mm rain which is 36 percent less than the normal of 643 mm. At the same time, the year which witnessed the most rain in June was 2013 with 1042.7mm.
While almost all districts received scanty rainfall in the current year, the most deficient were Thiruvananthapuram with a shortfall of 55 percent and Palakkad with a shortfall of 50 percent.
As per MET officials, Kerala recorded a 34% deficit in monsoon rainfall in June, causing concern to farmers and affecting inflow into its reservoirs. The chances of monsoon gaining strength in the coming weeks are unlikely as the south-westerly wind, which brings rain clouds to the state, is weak.
The officials also said that the timing of the arrival of monsoon has nothing to do with its performance. Due to poor rain, water level in Idukki dam, the largest in the state has dipped to 48% of its total storage capacity.