VISHAKHAPATNAM: Heavy rain triggered by the southwest monsoon which has become active in the state lashed many places in Rayalaseema and a few places in coastal Andhra Pradesh.
Weathermen said that the rains in varied intensity are likely to continue over the entire state in the next 24 hours.
On Saturday, 5 cm of rainfall was recorded at Muddanur, Badvel in Kadapa district and Gudur in Kurnool district, followed by Chapad and Rajupalem in Kadapa district, Kurnool and Koilkuntla in Kurnool district (4 cm), Jammalamadugu and Kondapuram in Kadapa district and Gudur in Nellore district (3 cm).
The IMD officials said the upper air cyclonic circulation over Bangladesh and its neighbourhood persists and now extends up to 0.9 km above the mean sea level. Further, the trough on sea level chart from Chhattisgarh to south Tamil Nadu across Telangana and Coastal Andhra Pradesh persists.
“Light to moderate rains with thunderstorm is expected across coastal Andhra Pradesh and Rayalaseema in the next 24 hours,” said IMD officials.
Meanwhile, the Cyclone Warning Centre (CWC) at Visakhapatnam, said that strong surface winds from the south-west with a speed reaching 45 to 55 kmph is expected.