Mangaluru, 23 April 2015: Dakshina Kannada district has received fresh bout of rain on 23 April 2015 Thursday morning and India Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecast thundershowers for coastal and south interior Karnataka over the next couple of days.
Parts of coastal Karnataka experiencing pre monsoon thundershower for the last one week and the widespread rain in the coastal and south interior Karnataka districts brought down the searing heat wave conditions.
Sources in the department said that Karkala in Udupi district recorded the State’s highest rainfall of 6 cm followed by Belthangady with 5 cm, Dharmasthala, Chikkamagaluru, Kadur with 4 cm, Bantwal, Sulya, Arasalu, Koppa, Alur, Hassan with 3 cm, Mulki, Puttur, Uppinangady, Subramanya Panambur, Udupi, Napoklu, Anandapuram, Kalasa, Yegati, Belur, Channagiri, Madhugiri, Koratagere with 2 cm.
Meanwhile, India is likely to witness a "below normal" monsoon this season, for a second consecutive year, IMD predicted as it partly blamed the El Nino phenomenon for the low forecast.
Addressing a news conference in New Delhi, Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister for Earth Science, said the Monsoon would be 93 per cent of the Long Period Average which is below normal.
According to the IMD parameters, below 90 per cent is defined as deficient, 90-96 per cent is considered as below normal, 96-104 per cent as normal and above which is excess..99