Heavy Rainfall Lowers Temperature in Kerala: Orange Alert in Pathanamthitta, Idukki

Heavy rainfall lashed several parts of Kerala on Tuesday, bringing relief from the scorching heat. The downpour led to a significant drop in temperatures across the state. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued an orange alert for Pathanamthitta and Idukki districts, anticipating heavy rainfall and thunderstorms for the next five days. Additionally, a yellow alert has been issued for eight districts including Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Alappuzha, Kottayam, Ernakulam, Malappuarm, Kozhikode, and Wayanad. The IMD forecasts rainfall ranging from 64.5mm to 115.5mm in the state over the next 24 hours.

Temperature fluctuations have been observed across various districts. While isolated areas in Pathanamthitta, Kozhikode, and Malappuram experienced heavy rainfall, there was a notable decrease in temperatures. Kozhikode district witnessed appreciable falls in temperature, while Kannur, Malappuram, and Thrissur also saw a decrease. Conversely, Alappuzha recorded a rise in temperature. However, temperatures remained relatively normal in other parts of Kerala, with Palakkad recording the highest maximum temperature at 36.1 degrees Celsius.

The IMD has warned of heavy to very heavy rainfall accompanied by thunderstorms and gusty winds at isolated places in Kerala until May 18. Fishermen have been advised not to venture into the sea during this period, as rough sea conditions are expected along the coast. Additionally, due to the adverse weather conditions, four flights scheduled to land at Kozhikode airport were diverted to Kochi and Kannur airports on Tuesday.

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