: The southwest monsoon is likely to continue its ongoing active phase over Kerala for at least three more days, according to the numerical weather prediction models of the India Meteorological Department (IMD), based on Wednesday’s conditions.
The State has been experiencing very wet weather since September 12, through Onam festival days. The week ending on September 18 brought 250 per cent more rainfall than the long-term average rainfall for the week. Against an area-weighted normal rainfall of 47 mm for the week, the State received 166 mm of rainfall.
The season is turning out to be a big bonanza for the State’s power sector, with Idukki district, which accounts for a major portion of the hydel reservoir capacity, receiving 51 per cent more rainfall than usual for the period from June 1 to September 18.
Pathanamthitta district, next in importance in this matter, has so far received 17 per cent more rainfall than usual.
During this monsoon so far (June 1 to September 18), the State as a whole has received 30 per cent excess rainfall. According to the IMD data, the State got 2,504 mm of rainfall during this period against a normal of 1,925 mm.
The cumulative storage of water in the hydel reservoirs, as on Wednesday, came to 96 per cent of the total capacity.