Monsoon covers all of Kerala

Thiruvananthapuram, Jun 9 : South West Monsoon, which hit Kerala shores three days ago, has further advanced covering the entire state today. Heavy rainfall, exceeding 7 cm, has been predicted in isolated places in Kerala and Lakshadweep till June 12, a bulletin isssued by the Meterological Centre here said. ”Rain occurred at most places in Kerala and Lakshadweep. Minicoy in Lakshadweep reported heavy rainfall of 10 cm,” it said.

Kozhikode, Kodungallur (Thrissur district), Ernakulam South, Kayamkulam and Mancompu (both in Alappuzha district), Kozha (Kottayam district) and Vaikom received rainfall of 5 cm each. After a sluggish onset, monsoon gained momentum yesterday bringing rains upto seven cm in some places. Squally weather with wind speed reaching 50-60 kmph is likely to be experienced along Kerala coast and over Lakshadweep area during the next 24 hours, it said.

Fishermen were advised to be cautious while venturing into the sea, it added.