Temperature at record high; 41.9 degree C in Malampuzha
Palakkad: The state continues to reel under the heat wave with temperature reaching the season’s highest.
On Tuesday, Malampuzha in Palakkad recorded 41.9 degree Celsius. In 2010 also, the state had recorded the same temperature.
Soaring mercury levels prevail in other districts too as Kannur and Kozhikode recorded maximum temperature of its history (39.1 degree Celsius).
Experts say rain deficit during summer resulted in the situation.
The temperature will climb up further in the next two weeks. Similar conditions are likely to prevail in the month of May too, they warned.
Kerala saw an overall dip of 56 percent in summer showers. The state, which was supposed to receive 118 ml rain during this period, got just 52 ml so far.
While Kasargod recorded a deficit rainfall of 99 pc, Kannur suffered a dip of 96 pc and Malappuram and Palakkad 92 pc each.
Acute shortage of drinking water is reported across the state and rivers are also drying up. The number of those suffering sunburn is also going up.