The monsoon had hit the Andaman and Nicobar islands a full three days before it was due. “In view of the strengthening & deepening of southwesterly winds, persistent cloudiness and rainfall, southwest monsoon has advanced into some parts of southeast Bay of Bengal, Nicobar Islands, entire south Andaman Sea and parts of north Andaman Sea today, the 14th May 2017,” said the Meteorological Department in a press release. 

Due to favourable conditions, the south-west monsoon may further advance into some parts of south-west Bay of Bengal, parts of Southeast Bay of Bengal, Andaman and Nicobar Islands and parts of east-central Bay of Bengal in the next two days.

The monsoons enter these regions on May 17. Very heavy rainfall is expected over parts of Andaman and Nicobar islands in the next two days. Strong winds close to 50 kmph are expected on May 15 over the Nicobar Islands and its sea areas and on May 16 and 17 over the Andaman Islands and its adjoining areas.

Parts of Bengaluru experienced heavy rainfall on Sunday, May 14. 15 trees were uprooted in areas like Indiranagar, Koramangala, Electronics City, Whitefield, Shantinagar, HAL II Stage and Tannery Road according to Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) control room authorities. East Bengaluru recorded more than 35mm rainfall.

Heavy rainfall lashed North Karnataka in places like Dharwad, Gadag and Bagalkot. Temperatures have dropped in these districts.Karnataka faced the worst drought in the last 42 years. The early rains will help in quelling the situation in the state.