Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala is once again preparing for an extended period of rainfall, with weather authorities forecasting continuous rain over the next five days. A rain warning has been officially issued for the state starting on September 28, heralding the return of the monsoon’s influence.
According to meteorological reports, a low-pressure system is expected to intensify over the northwest Bay of Bengal near the West Bengal-Odisha coast. Concurrently, a cyclonic vortex is anticipated to take shape over the North Andaman Sea by September 29. The influence of these weather systems, combined with an existing cyclone located over southeast Uttar Pradesh, south Chhattisgarh, coastal Tamil Nadu, and north Odisha, is expected to bring widespread rainfall to Kerala.
The impending rainfall is projected to be particularly heavy in the hilly regions of both the southern and northern districts of the state. Although no immediate rain warnings have been issued for today, weather authorities anticipate the intensification of rain across various districts in the coming days.
On September 28, a yellow alert was declared in seven districts, including Kollam, Alappuzha, Kottayam, Ernakulam, Idukki, Kozhikode, and Wayanad.
Continuing on September 29, a yellow alert has been extended to five additional districts: Malappuram, Kozhikode, Wayanad, Kannur, and Kasaragod, indicating a need for heightened vigilance in these areas as well.
Authorities have also issued a cautionary note, particularly for residents in hilly areas, advising them to be prepared for intensifying rainfall. Given the forecast of cyclonic storms and low-pressure systems, fishing activities along the Kerala coast have been temporarily banned to ensure the safety of fishermen.
Kerala has experienced a 38 percent rainfall deficit during this year’s monsoon season. However, the Indian Meteorological Department has assessed that the official monsoon season for the state will commence on October 1.