With the sigh of relief, the rain has finally arrived at the southern Indian coast with the crop nourishing first monsoon rain in Kerala. This is undoubtedly a very good sign for a lush year ahead.

So the people in Kerala are gearing up with raincoats and umbrellas while we still suffer the scorching heat! Patience! It will come when it has to. So the monsoon has arrived and this time it is the earliest arrival since 2011 which will propel the growth of agricultural crops and hence will boost the world’s fastest growing economy. The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) confirmed today that the monsoon has hailed its onset two days earlier than expected and will progress rapidly from June 4.

Being an agriculture-dependent country with about 15 percent of India’s $2 trillion economy depending on farming and it employs more than half of the country’s 1.3 billion people, rain is the most crucial and critical factor. And the arrival of monsoon in mainland India, two days before the normal onset date is good news, but still it is no indicator of its ultimate performance. But the conditions are favourable for further advance of south-west monsoon into remaining parts of the above mentioned areas in the coming 3-4 days.

The rain is likely to cover entire Kerala, Tamil Nadu, parts of Madhya Maharashtra and Konkan and Goa, Andhra Pradesh and remaining parts of north-eastern states and some parts of West Bengal from June 5 to June 10 as per the private weather forecaster Skymet on its website. And as per forecasts of IMD earlier in April, India can expect above average rainfall this year.