The monsoon began with a bang in Kerala, with reports of heavy to very heavy rainfall coming from several centres spread all over the State on Saturday.

Kannur reported extremely heavy rainfall measuring 29 cm on the gauge during the 24 hours ending at 8.30 a.m. on Saturday. Very heavy rainfall reports also came from Vadakara in Kozhikode (19 cm) and Karipur airport, Nilambur and Manjeri in Malappuram (13 cm each).

In the northern hill district of Wayanad, Kuppady too received 13 cm of rainfall, whereas, Vythiri recorded a rainfall of 12 cm. Thalasserry in Kannur district (11 cm), Kanjirappally in Kottayam district (9 cm) too received very heavy rainfall.

Mancompu in Alappuzha district, Irikkur in Kannur district, Hosdurg and Kudulu in Kasaragod district and Koyilandy in Kozhikode district recorded 8 cm of rainfall each, while Kottayam and Kozha in Kottayam district, Piravom in Ernakulam district and Idukki received 7 cm of rainfall each.

The Thiruvananthapuram Meteorology Centre, in its bulletin for the day, said widespread rainfall would continue for at least two more days, with the likelihood of heavy downpour in isolated places in the State.

Fishermen putting out to sea from the Lakshadweep islands and the Kerala coast have been asked to be careful during these days since the wind could blow at speeds ranging between 45 km and 55 km per hour over the seas of the region.

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