However, they said it was too early to forecast anything given its movement.
    
As of now, there was also no indication that the system, which lay centered some 530 km north-northwest of Port Blair, would develop into a cyclonic system, Indian Meteorological Department said.
    
"We are still monitoring the system. It still remains unclear whether it will impact the advancement of Monsoon and whether it will turn into a cyclone," scientist (cyclone warning division) IMD S K Mohapatra said.

His observations came as IMD on May 15 had forecast that the southwest monsoon is likely to set over Kerala on June 5, four days behind schedule.
    
The forecast came with an error of plus or minus four days. The normal date of onset of monsoon over the state is June 1.
    
As per IMD, the depression might intensify further into a deep depression during next 24 hrs.

It would move north-northeastwards towards Myanmar and adjoining Bangladesh coast during next 48 hrs.

At 11.30 am, it lay centred about 530 km north-northwest of Port Blair, 600 km west-southwest of Yangon (Myanmar) and 630 km south-southwest of Cox's Bazaar (Bangladesh).

In its evening bulleting on Wednesday, IMD said that conditions remain favourable for further advance of southwest monsoon into some more parts of east central and northeast Bay of Bengal during next 48 hours.
    
The southwest monsoon is crucial for the farming community which heavily depends on the rainfall, particularly for kharif crops such as rice, soyabean, cotton and maize. The country's 60 percent farm land is rain-fed.

The IMD had earlier said that the country could see below normal rainfall this year at 95 percent rainfall because of the El-Nino effect which is generally associated with the warming of ocean water.

(Agencies)

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