Southwest monsoon to reach Kerala soon; yellow alert in 9 districts
Thiruvananthapuram: A low pressure has formed in the Arabian Sea north to Lakshadweep. It is predicted that this will intensify into a cyclone. Though the low pressure is formed near Kerala coast, the cyclone is less likely to affect Kerala directly.
However, the meteorological department warned of heavy rain in Kerala for five days and gusty wind at a speed of upto 65 kmph in the coastal area. Southwest monsoon will reach Kerala on Monday or Tuesday. Fishing is banned as the sea has turned rough.
An yellow alert has been issued in Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha, Kottayam, Ernakulam, Idukki, Malappuram and Kannur districts where heavy rain is predicted on Monday.
The low pressure is expected to intensify into a cyclone near Karnataka coast by Tuesday. If it becomes a cyclone, it will be named 'Nisarga' as suggested by Bangladesh.