Mangaluru: The Met department issued an orange alert and forecast heavy rains for three coastal districts and 12 more in the south interior Karnataka, an official said.

Coastal Karnataka — Dakshina Kannada, Udupi and Uttara Kannada districts have been issued an yellow alert for the next two days with thundershowers and gusty winds.

The meteorological department has sounded orange alert in these districts.

Air current on the sea surface is expected to cause heavy rainfall in the coastline of Karnataka as well as in the Western Ghats.

Winds blowing at a speed of 40-50 km per hour are expected on the coast and the Met department warned fishermen against venturing into the sea.

Similarly, many SSLC students also struggled to cross the bridge to reach their examination centres on Monday.

Heavy rain is also predicted in districts like Haveri, Vijayapura, Chikkaballapur, Hassan, Kodagu, Shivamogga, Tumakuru, Kolar, Bidar, Dharwad, Gadag, Haveri, Kalaburagi etc. Yellow alert has been issued for these districts.

Kadra in Uttara Kannada district received nine cm of rainfall, which was the highest for Wednesday in the entire state. Kundapur recorded 5cm rainfall while Kollur and Karwar received four cm each. The city remained dry most of the time, with the rainfall resuming at night. Mangaluru taluk recorded a maximum of 13.6 mm rainfall.

Many parts of coastal Karnataka and Chikkamagaluru district had cloudy weather with light showers in between.

For Bengaluru city, the Met department has forecast a generally cloudy sky with light rain for the next three days.