Saturday, May 22, 2010

Heavy rainfall forecast

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Shifting clouds enveloped Kerala on Saturday, with rainfall occurring scattered with different intensity, as the southwest monsoon continued to stay around 500 km south of its southern end.

The erstwhile intense cyclonic storm Laila on Saturday lay docile as a low pressure area over north coastal Andhra Pradesh, releasing far-flung Kerala from its spell. A high pressure system in the middle of the Arabian Sea was pushing the southwesterlies flowing from the Madagascar region in the Indian Ocean outward, forcing them to swerve round the tip of the peninsula into the Bay of Bengal. Weather models of the Chennai regional meteorology centre on Saturday showed the possibility of widespread rainfall with heavy rainfall in some locations in north and central Kerala on Sunday. They showed the trend spreading by degrees to south Kerala over the next three days.

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