Kottayam, Alappuzha record high temperature
Alappuzha: When the state is gearing up for hot summer season, the temperature level is soaring in Kottayam and Alappuzha districts. On Monday, Kottayam recorded highest temperature of 38.4 degree Celsius. Compared to other districts, the temperature in Kottayam increased by 4 degree celsius.
Meanwhile, Alappuzha recorded a high temperature of 36.8 degree celsius on Monday.
Usually, Punalur ( average 36.5) and Palakkad (36.2) record the highest temperature during this period.
But this year, Punalur recorded the same temperature while the temperature level lowered by one degree celsius in Palakkad.
Rajeevan Irikkulam, a climate researcher, reported that a detailed study should be carried out to identify the reason for the high temperature in the districts.
“Mercury levels in Alappuzha may go up due to the large coastal area and the presence of humidity for a long time. The changes in the landscapes may be contributed to the high temperature level in Kottayam,” said Rajeevan.
Meanwhile, meteorologists assume that the present climate condition will change after March 20.
It is reported that Kerala is likely to receive rain when the phenomenon called Madden Julian Oscillation (MJO) approaches the Kerala coast. MJO is characterised as an eastward movement of clouds and rainfall near the equator that recurs every 30 to 60 days. It is learned that MJO will enter the Kerala coast after March 20. With this, the temperature level will come down in Kottayam and Alappuzha, opined meteorologists.
At the same time, the intensity of sunlight has been strengthening as the sun is moving close to the equator. By March 22, the sun rays will reach in a straight line. With this, the high temperature level will decrease. The dry winds are also contributing to the hot climate, informed Dr MG Manoj, a researcher at CUSAT Radar centre.