Moderate rain likely in Karnataka's Malnad region

Bengaluru: Moderate to heavy rain will occur at many places across the Malnad region in central Karnataka over the next 24 hours, a Met official said on Saturday. "As the southwest monsoon remains active across the state, many places in Malnad, including Shivamogga, Chikkamagaluru and Hassan districts, will receive moderate to heavy rains," the state meteorological department said in its weather bulletin for the day. Rainfall in coastal districts and south interior areas will be, however, light to moderate at many places and at a few places in north interior parts of the state. "The Western Ghats across central and southern parts will receive heavy rain due to the movement of monsoon clouds and westerly direction of strong surface winds," the Met official said here. Forecast for Bengaluru and its neighbourhood is cloudy sky with one or two spells of light rain, while surface winds will be stronger and gusty at times. Heavy rainfall occurred at most places in coastal and north interior areas of the state on Friday, with Hulikal in Shivamogga district recording 12cm, followed by Bhagamandala in Kodagu district 9cm each, Kammaraddi in Chikkamagaluru district 8cm and Agumbe and Somwarpet in Kodagu district 7cm each.