Moderate to heavy rains lashed various parts of Goa since yesterday marking the arrival of the southwest monsoon in the coastal state. The state had witnessed pre-monsoon showers earlier this week. “The monsoon has advanced over Goa since yesterday and we can expect heavy to very heavy rainfall in isolated places today,” Goa Meteorological department’s director M L Sahu told PTI. All places in Goa received showers during the last 24 hours with Pernem taluka recording the highest rainfall, as per a bulletin released by the MeT department. Sahu said the southwesterly winds are expected to blow at a speed of 45-50 kms per hour and may reach upto 60 kms per hour causing a gust or squall. Tourism-related activities have already been banned on the state’s beaches, while fishermen are barred from venturing into the sea due to rough weather conditions.