Yellow alert in 12 Kerala districts on Saturday, weather to improve after Dec 2

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Thiruvananthapuram: Rains are expected to lose intensity in Kerala after December 2, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Friday.

According an IMD update, the weather situation in the state is likely to improve between December 3 and 9 after a week of heavy showers.

Earlier, the Met department had predicted heavy rains for Kerala over the weekend.

Yellow alert has been issued for 12 districts, excluding Kannur and Kasaragod, for Saturday. On Sunday, 13 districts, with the exception of Kasaragod are expected to receive between 64.5 mm and 115.5 mm rainfall.

A squally weather with maximum sustained wind speed reaching upto 60 kmph is expected to prevail over the Andaman Sea until December 2, IMD said.

However, no specific warning has been issued to fishermen venturing into the Arabian Sea.

The cyclonic circulation that brought heavy rainfall in Kerala over the past two days is still continuing over the Bay of Bengal off the Sri Lankan coast. A low-pressure area is likely to form over the south Andaman Sea by Monday, and it may move towards the Tamil Nadu-Andhra Pradesh coast by November 30, the weather department said.

The Central government agency is also expecting isolated heavy thundershowers with winds gusting to 40 kilometres per hour. Heavy rain denotes downpour measuring 64.5 millimetre to 115.5 millimetre in 24 hours.

Considering the possibility of isolated heavy rains accompanied by lightning and thunder in hilly regions, the IMD advised those areas to maintain orange alert-like caution during the coming days.

Red alert issued in Tamil Nadu

A red alert has been sounded in several places including Chennai after the IMD predicted isolated heavy rain in Tamil Nadu under the influence of the cyclonic circulation formed over the Bay of Bengal.

Five people were killed in rain-related incidents in Tamil Nadu on Friday. As many as 12,000 people in various districts were shifted to safer places. The IMD has warned that the rain might wreak havoc in coastal Tamil Nadu.

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