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Kannur: The meteorological department has warned of rise in temperature likely by three to five degrees during daytime in the districts of Kannur and Kasaragod in northern Kerala.
According to the figures provided by autonomous weather stations of the meteorological department, the temperature rose to 42.1 degree celsius in Kannur on Friday. However, it will be accepted as the official temperature only after carrying out further studies.
As per reports, the temperature in Kannur and Kasaragod is expected to range from 36 to 39 degrees celsius till Saturday. However, it is likely to drop by two degrees celsius by Sunday.
The data provided by autonomous stations have recorded temperatures above 40 degree celsius in five areas of Kannur namely Irikkur (41), Pinarayi (40.9), Chemperi (40.2), Cheruvanchery (40.9) and Panathur (39.1).
As of now, Kannur has recorded the highest temperature in the state this year. Temperature has also been remaining high in hilly areas for the past two weeks. In February, the temperature had gone up above 40 degrees for five days.
Meanwhile, there has been a significant drop in rainfall in northern Kerala. Rains have dropped by 28 per cent in the last two months, with a decrease of 99 per cent in the last week of February alone.
“Lack of rain is one major factor for the increase in temperature. The heating up of oceans and counter gyres formed in the atmosphere are also increasing the temperature,” said Dr MG Manoj, CUSAT Radar Research Centre.