Kerala Monsoon Intensifies: Orange Alert Issued for Idukki, Kozhikode, Wayanad

The monsoon has intensified in Kerala, prompting the India Meteorological Department (IMD) to issue warnings of widespread rain till June 5. Heavy rainfall is expected in the northern districts today, with isolated thunderstorms likely in southern Kerala on June 2 and 3. An orange alert, indicating very heavy rain between 11 cm to 20 cm, has been issued for Idukki, Kozhikode, and Wayanad districts. Meanwhile, Ernakulam, Thrissur, Palakkad, Malappuram, Kannur, and Kasaragod are on yellow alert, predicting heavy rainfall between 6 cm and 11 cm.

The intensification of the monsoon is attributed to a cyclonic circulation in the Southeast Arabian Sea near south Kerala and a high-level cyclonic trough over Sri Lanka in the Bay of Bengal. These meteorological conditions are expected to cause significant rainfall and strong winds. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Research Center has also warned of wind speeds reaching up to 55 km/h in the state today, further emphasizing the need for caution.

On the first day of the monsoon, Kottayam recorded the highest rainfall at 80.2 mm, which is 537 percent above the average for the district. This data underscores the severity of the current weather conditions. Residents in the affected areas are advised to stay updated with the latest weather forecasts and take necessary precautions to ensure safety.

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