Depression: Strong winds, heavy rainfall to hit Kerala
Thiruvananthapuram: A depression has been formed in the Arabian Sea to the south of North Kerala – Karnataka coastal line. As a result of the depression, heavy rain and wind will hit the shores of Kerala, Lakshadweep and Karnataka. The wind speed is calculated to be 55 km per hour.
The Meteorological Department has warned the fishermen against going to the shores of Kerala, Lakshadweep, Kanyakumari and Karnataka till May 30. The same alert was issued the previous days also. There will be 12 - 20 cm heavy rainfall in some places on Monday. Heavy rain will continue from May 29 to 31.
The depression which is in the lightest form now is likely to be strengthened within two days. it cannot be predicted now if the depression will turn into a cyclone. The Meteorological Department will issue alerts regarding this later. The southwest monsoon progresses more and has reached some parts of Kanyakumari. It is likely to reach Kerala shores within the next 48 hours.
Even though there is heavy rainfall, the arrival of monsoon will be declared only if it conforms to the standard norms. The major standard to declare monsoon is when there is 2.5 ml or more rainfall continuously for two days in 60 percent of the 14 rain gauge stations in Kerala, Lakshadweep and Mangalore.
The west wind has to strengthen at an altitude of 4.5 km from the sea level. Also there has to be thick cloud layer present on the shores of Kerala, Maldives and Lakshadweep. The Meteorological Department is observing whether these situations are seen in the weather. It was previously predicted that monsoon will hit Kerala on May 29. This can be two days earlier or later.