Officially, the southwest monsoon has set in over the State.
But the rain gods seem to be waiting to shower their blessings over Kochi.
Going by the announcements of the Indian Meteorological Department, the southwest monsoon set in over Kerala, its entry point into the country, on May 31. Announcing the onset, the weathermen also predicted that with “favourable conditions, the southwest monsoon has further advanced into most parts of south Arabian Sea, entire Kerala, south Tamil Nadu and some more parts of southwest Bay of Bengal” on Monday.
Yet, the monsoon showers skipped Kochi on Tuesday, in its northwards journey, though everyone was anticipating its arrival, in torrents.
With their rainwear and umbrellas ready, the city dwellers were all set to walk into the rainy phase of the weather cycle from Tuesday. From school children to office goers and labourers, every one was prepared for the wet months of the year and had made arrangements to live through the season.
Contrary to the expectations, a bright and sunny morning greeted Kochi on Tuesday. The day was warm and the sky clear. It felt like any other day of the pre-monsoon months. No rain-bearing clouds could be seen in the horizon. With not even a drizzle, the rain coats and umbrellas remained unused.
However, on Monday night, it rained in some parts of the city. The weather stations had recorded 4.6mm rain for the last 24 hours in Kochi. For declaring the onset of monsoon, the meteorological department has evolved criteria. According to IMD, if 60 per cent of the 14 stations—Minicoy, Amini, Thiruvananthapuram, Punalur, Kollam, Alappuzha, Kottayam, Kochi, Thrissur, Kozhikode, Thalassery, Kannur, Kasargode and Mangalore—report a rainfall of 2.5 mm or more for two consecutive days after May 10, the onset over Kerala could be declared on the second day. The rainfall pattern since May 10 might have satisfied the criteria and the weathermen dutifully declared its onset. But rain clouds kept away from the skies of Kochi, leaving the city in anticipation of the lashing rain.