The State received widespread rainfall during the 24 hours ending 8.30 a.m. on Sunday, with heavy to very heavy downpour being reported from five stations in north, central, and south Kerala.

It still does not signify the actual onset of the monsoon since the winds blowing from the Arabian Sea are yet to fall into a streamline from either the south-westerly or westerly direction as they are wont to under ideal monsoon conditions. The winds continued to blow from the north-westerly direction keeping the northern limit of the monsoon current flowing past south of Sri Lanka.

India Meteorology Department on Sunday said the conditions were favourable for the advance of the monsoon over some more parts of southeast and east-central Bay of Bengal during the next two or three days. Vadakara and Koyilandi received very heavy rainfall of 14 cm each, Alappuzha 10 cm and CIAL Kochi and Kumarakom 8 cm each during the day ending 8.30 a.m. on Sunday. The other chief amounts of rainfall reports in cm are: Kozhikode, Konni, Mancompu and Vadakkancherry 5 each, Irikkur and Mannarkad 4 each, Chengannur and Kodungallur 3 each, Karipur Airport, Ponnani, Aryankavu, Kanjirappally, Kayamkulam, Mavelikara, Piravom and Thalassery (Kannur district) 2 each. Weather charts of the IMD indicate the possibility of the rain intensifying, especially along the coastal stretch of the State, during the week ahead.

The Thiruvananthapuram Meteorology Centre, in its bulletin for the day, warned the fishermen putting out to sea from the Kerala coast to be careful since strong winds, often touching speeds ranging from 45 km to 55 km per hour could blow along and off the State’s coast from the northwesterly direction.

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