After a week's delay south-west monsoon breaks over Kerala

The onset of the monsoon comes as most parts of the subcontinent are experiencing unprecedented temperatures

After a week

After a week long wait, the south-west monsoon kept its date with the Indian subcontinent, the met department said on Wednesday.

The much awaited rains was to hit southern Kerala's coast on 1 June.

Several districts of Kerala, which welcomes the monsoon into the subcontinent have been experiencing moderate to heavy rains in

the past few days. At least two centres in the state received above 7 cms each.

The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted heavy rains in coastal Kerala, Karnataka and Lakshadweep.

Several districts of neighbouring Tamil Nadu have also been receiving rain for the past 24 hours.

The  onset of the monsoon comes after two straight years of drought.

However the week long delay did not cause much anxiety among policy makers as the IMD had predicted

above normal monsoon this year.

Over 60 percent of India's annual rainfall comes from the south west monsoon.

The June to September rain system is crucial as over sixty percent of the agriculture in the country is rain fed.

Crops sown in June July and harvested in October, contribute to almost half of India’s farm output.

Higher farm outputs boost rural incomes, which in turn pushes demand for goods ranging from cars to gold jewellery.