THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: A day after it was gripped by panic over earthquake and tsunami alert, the city received a good rainfall on Thursday afternoon. The afternoon summer showers brought enough respite to the city, which had been reeling under severe heat. Rainfall of 11.4 mm was recorded.
Till Thursday morning, Thiruvananthapuram city had received only 23 mm rainfall since the onset of summer. Thiruvananthapuram Airport had received only 33 mm rainfall during the same period. The maximum temperature in the city hovered around 34 degrees Celsius, a deviation of one degree from normal. The city even recorded a maximum temperature above 36 degrees Celsius this summer.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) is predicting afternoon thundershowers in Thiruvananthapuram district in the coming days too. IMD officials said that these were normal summer showers and not a result of formation of any system. Many other places in the State also received a good rainfall on Thursday. They included Aluva, Thiruvalla, Punalur, Kayamkualam, Chalakudy, Kanjirappally and Neyyattinkara.
The summer showers are expected to bring some respite to the discomfort factor. The heat will vary according to the temperature and humidity. The city was experiencing more than 80 per cent humidity, which was the reason for the increasing discomfort factor. IMD has also predicted thundershowers at one or two places in extreme south peninsular India in the coming days.