KOCHI: IMD has issued heavy rainfall alert for the state tilL July 15 in some parts of central and north Kerala as the off-shore trough at mean sea level from south Gujarat coast to north Kerala coast persists. A cyclonic circulation lies over southwest Bay of Bengal off north Tamil Nadu coast at 5.8km above mean sea level.
Following this, rain or thundershowers are most likely to occur at most places in Kerala. Idukki, Kannur and Kasaragod are on yellow alert on Tuesday.
Isolated heavy rainfall warning for rainfall of 7-11cm has been issued for Idukki, Malappuram, Kozhikode, Kannur and Kasaragod on Wednesday; Thrissur, Kozhikode, Kannur and Kasaragod on Wednesday; Thrissur, Kozhikode, Kannur and Kasaragod on Thursday; and its Idukki, Kannur and Kasaragod on Friday.
Squally weather with wind speed reaching 40-45kmph gusting to 55kmph is likely to prevail over north Kerala coast till July 14.
According to the 24-hour rainfall recorded on Monday morning, southwest monsoon was weak over the state. Vellanikkara in Thrissur received the highest of 5cm while Kunnamkulam, Kodungallur and Enamakkal in Thrissur, Aralam and Chemperi in Kannur and Bayar in Kasaragod received 2cm rainfall.
In the first 10 days of July, the state received 63% excess rainfall of 35.2cm against the normal of 21.6cm. According to the rainfall recorded from June 1 to July 10, the state has 29% deficiency. From a 60% deficiency on June 30, the last 10 days have halved the shortage. The highest deficiency of 53% is in Wayanad, followed by 50% in Idukki. Kozhikode has 47% and its 41% in Palakkad. Alappuzha, Ernakulam, Pathanamthitta and Kollam are in the normal category.