Thiruvananthapuram: People in drought-hit Kerala got some relief from the sweltering heat as many parts of the state received rain in the past two days, the Met department said Monday.
The department said several parts of Kerala and Lakshadweep received rain, heavy in some places. A few places would see rain and thundershowers in the next five days and isolated thunder squalls were most likely over Kerala, Met sources said.
While Varkala in Thiruvananthapuram district recorded 13 cm of rain, neighboring Kollam district and Ottapalam in Palakkad received 7 cm each, a weather bulletin issued by the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
The maximum temperature fell 'markedly' in Kannur district and 'appreciably' in Alappuzha district, while it was 'appreciably' above normal in Palakkad, Kollam, and Kozhikode districts.
While Palakkad and Punalur recorded the highest maximum temperature of 37 degrees Celsius, Karipur recorded the lowest minimum temperature of 23 degrees Celsius.
Kerala recorded a 34 percent deficit in south-west monsoon, which contributes to 70 percent of the state's annual rainfall. The north-east monsoon had also failed. The government had declared the state drought-hit and sought a Central assistance of about Rs 500 crore.
Crops on over 30,000 hectares had been affected, causing a loss of Rs 300 crore.