Mercury level soaring; Kerala heading for drought ?

With mercury level soaring, Kerala is likely to face drought-like situation amid fears of drinking water scarcity and power crisis in the poll-bound state as water bodies are fast drying up.

The rising temperatures are also a cause of concern for probable candidates of political parties as they would have to sweat it out literally during the nearly two-month long campaign period. Assembly elections are to be held in Kerala on May 16.

Though the southern state experiences summer season from March-May, this year the temperature level recorded is higher than normal in many places at the very onset of the season.

Adding to the woes, weather experts have forecast summer heat likely to go up in the coming days.

According to weather statistics, Kerala registers a normal maximum temperature of 34.2 degrees Celsius in March, 34.1 in April and 32.9 in May.

The temperature, this year, is two degrees above normal compared to the same period in the previous years, Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) Regional Director K Santhosh, said.

“The temperature recorded is higher than normal in many parts of the state this time. It is at least two degrees above normal in many parts. It is likely to go up in many districts in the coming days,” he told.

As per the Meteorological Centre figures, northern district of Palakkad, known for severe summer and high humidity, recorded 39.1 degree Celsius temperature followed by Kannur district at 37.4 degree Celsius today. Kozhikode (37 degree Celsius) , Vellanikkara (36.4 C) and Punalur (36.2 C) also recorded higher atmospheric temperature.

Santhosh said the state had started receiving summer showers since March 12 and it is expected to give some respite.

With mercury level rising, drinking water scarcity is already being experienced in many parts of the state as not only water bodies but even public water supply sources are fast drying up. Water in wells in homesteads and public places has hit rock bottom in many rural areas.


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