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Parts of Kerala hit by soaring mercury; 36 sunburn cases reported

Kochi: Several parts of Kerala have been hit by soaring mercury with 36 cases of sunburns being reported, official sources said on Tuesday. Kollam and Alappuzha districts accounted for the maximum sunburn cases of six each of the 36 reported till Monday, the Health department said. Among other districts, Pathanamthitta saw five people seeking treatment for sunburn cases while Ernakulam and Kannur districts reported four cases each, it said.

According to the India Meteorological Department in Thiruvananthapuram, maximum temperature was very likely to be above normal by 3 to 4 degree Celsius in Alappuzha, Kottayam, Palakkad, and Kozhikode districts on Tuesday and by 2 to 3 degree Celsius in the next two days. Vellanikkara in Thrissur district recorded a maximum of 40.4 degrees Celsius while Palakkad 39.2 C as per the readings.

The temperature was very likely to be above normal by 2 to 3 degree Celsius in Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Pathanamthitta, Ernakulam, Thrissur, Malappuram, Kannur and Kasargode districts during the next two days, the Met office said.