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Monsoon to hit Kerala coast on June 3

Monsoon to hit Kerala coast on June 3

New Delhi: Monsoon rains may arrive on the southern coast around June 3, Reuters reported Wednesday quoting the weather office.

The rains, which run from June to September, are vital for the 55 percent of farmland that is without irrigation in India, one of the world's largest producers and consumers of food.

"The date of onset of southwest monsoon over Kerala is likely to be on 3rd June," the India Meteorological Department said in a statement adding the forecast has an error margin of four days, a time frame treated as normal.

Last year, the monsoon hit Kerala four days after the June 1 date forecast by the weather office, and the season brought below average rainfall across the country, leaving several key sugar- and cotton-growing states parched by drought.

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