The State received widespread rainfall on Friday ahead of a formal announcement from the India Meteorology Department (IMD) about the arrival of the southwest monsoon.

The IMD, in its evening bulletin for the day, said the onset could happen any time within the next two days. The weather charts showed the northern limit of the monsoon having advanced further north during the day to cover half of the Sri Lankan Island. The weather parameters were becoming favourable for the monsoon to make its real arrival over the Indian subcontinent.

It rained heavily in the northern district of Kasaragod during the 24 hours ending at 8.30 a.m. on Friday. Kudalu in the district recorded the maximum rainfall of 10 cm. Several centres in the northern half of the State received rainfall ranging between 2 cm and 5 cm. The hill districts of Wayanad and Idukki too received rains.

The rains continued into Friday evening and a heavy bank of rainclouds was moving over the State in the evening promising widespread rainfall in the night. The first week of June could witness some drenching bouts of rainfall all across the State judging from the numerical weather prediction models of the IMD. The winds are seen to gather in speed to drive the rainclouds up the eastern hill districts of the State, where all the hydel reservoirs are.