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Mercury levels soar in Kozhikode, IMD predicts rain

Rural areas in Kozhikode received widespread rain in the past few days

Mercury levels were found rising again during the daytime in Kozhikode city just days after summer showers brought them down by a few notches in the last one week. Rural areas, however, received widespread rain in the past few days, giving respite from the scorching heat.

Ever since the onset of summer, daytime temperatures have hovered around 36 degrees in the district. The summer rains, however, helped bring them down to around 33 degree Celsius. Between April 20 and April 21, Kozhikode city received around 2 cm of rainfall. There was heavy rain on the night preceding the Lok Sabha polls on April 23 too. However, the maximum temperature recorded in the city on Saturday was 36.8 degree Celsius, 3 degrees above normal, and the minimum temperature was 28.4 degree Celsius, which was 1 degree below normal.

Meanwhile, gusty winds accompanied by rain wreaked havoc in the rural areas of the district such as Mukkom, Thamarassery, Perambra, and Omassery on Friday. Uprooted trees fell on buildings in many areas, causing widespread destruction.

Power supply too was disrupted for some time in these places. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has now predicted thunderstorm accompanied with rain and gusty winds in Kozhikode, Malappuram, and Wayanad districts in the coming days due to the effect of the cyclonic storm Fani.

Health angle

The intermittent rains have put the Health Department on high alert against the possible outbreak of dengue fever. Though only three confirmed dengue case have been reported from Kozhikode district this summer so far, the department is not taking risks.

Between January and February, five dengue cases were reported. People have been asked to avoid storing of rainwater, which could be a breeding ground for aedes mosquitoes that spread the fever.

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