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May 21, 2013 at 01:52pm IST

Monsoon expected to reach Kerala by June 3: Met department

New Delhi: As North India boils under intense heat, the Met department has said that monsoon is expected to hit the Kerala coast by June 3. "Monsoon is expected to reach Kerala close to its normal date that is June 3," DS Pai, Director (Long Range Forecast), Met Department said.

He also said that the first part of the monsoon will be better than the last year. South-west monsoon had on Monday advanced further covering the entire Andaman Sea and parts of Bay of Bengal. "The southwest monsoon has further advanced into some parts of southwest Bay of Bengal, some more parts of southeast Bay of Bengal, some parts of east central Bay of Bengal and entire Andaman Sea," the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.

South-west monsoon had brought its first showers to the Andaman Sea on May 17, three day's before the normal onset date. Meahwinle, the Met department officials say temperatures will continue to be 3 to 4 degrees above normal for this time of the year in many parts of North India.

The current prolonged heat wave, the second time in 10 years, is expected to last at least till May 24. As North India boils, the intense heat has also left three people dead in Odisha.

Temperature in several parts of Odisha crossed over 46 degree Celsius. The worst affected are areas in districts like Sambalpur, Jharsuguda, Bolangir and Sundergarh.

(With additional information from PTI)