Bhubaneswar: The Southwest Monsoon winds may make onset in Odisha by June 10 to 12, the Director General of India Meteorological Department, Mrutyunjay Mohapatra informed OTV through a telephonic message.
Mohapatra said that there is likelihood of a fresh low pressure developing in the Bay of Bengal around June 11 which will help in the onset of the Monsoon over the State on time.
The IMD today informed that the southwest monsoon has made an onset over southern parts of Kerala after a delay of around two days from the usual date of arrival.
Releasing its second long-range forecast for southwest monsoon on Tuesday, the weather office said it is likely to be normal in north and south India, above-normal in central India and below-normal in east and northeast India.
"We expect a steady and normal movement of the monsoon across the country this year. In case of Odisha, it is expected that the monsoon will be normal this season as a whole but especially in June it will bring above-normal rainfall, said Mohapatra.
The southwest monsoon is one of the primary drivers of the country's economy, which is largely based on agriculture and its allied activities. Large parts of the country rely on the four-month rainfall season for agriculture and also for filling reservoirs.