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North Kerala, except Kasaragod, receives copious rainfall

Except Kasaragod, all other districts in north Kerala have either received normal or excess rain during the southwest monsoon that began on June 1.

Kozhikode district recorded 2,236 millimetre of rainfall as against the normal 2,019.1 millimetre, according to the latest statistics of the Meteorological Centre, Thiruvananthapuram.

Rainfall is said to be normal when the recording is between 94% and 104%, below normal – between 90% and 96%, deficient – less than 90%, above normal – 104% to 110%, and excess – above 110%.

The southwest monsoon is calculated from June 1 to September 30. Overall, Kerala received 1,739.4 mm as against the normal of 1,508.2 mm. Lakshadweep reported just 358.9 mm as against the normal rainfall of 675.1mm which was considered 47 % deficient for the isles.

Likewise, Kannur received 2,090.9 mm of rainfall as against the normal 2,086.6 mm. Wayanad, Malappuram and Palakkad, the other districts in north Kerala which saw the fury of the nature in the past few days, received excess rainfall so far. Wayanad got 2,061.6 mm (normal- 2013.1 mm), Malappuram, 1,899.1mm (normal- 1583.1mm) and Palakkad, 1,599.4 mm (normal -1,158mm). The percentage departure for these districts were 20 and 38 respectively. Usually, the southwest monsoon played truant in these districts.

Deficient rainfall

Kasaragod has till now received only 1,862.5 mm as against the normal of 2,317.4 mm. This is considered to be deficient and the percentage departure is 20, the MET Department said.

Heavy to very heavy rain has been forecast for Palakkad, Malappuram, Kozhikode, Kannur and Wayanad districts for the next three to four days. In the case of Kasaragod, downpour is likely to occur at isolated places.

The MET Department has also advised fishermen not to venture into the southwest and Central Arabian sea.

The sea condition is also likely to be rough. Strong winds from western direction, speed occasionally reaching 25 to 35 kmph, gusting to 55 kmph, are likely to occur along off Kerala, and Karnataka coasts and over Lakshadweep area.

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