Chennai receives record breaking rainfall

In record-breaking rains for the month of January, the city and suburbs received heavy to very heavy rainfall since Monday evening.

Nungambakkam and Meenambakkam stations recorded 82.5 mm and 103 mm of rainfall respectively at 8.30 pm on Tuesday. Chennai looks set for one of the highest rainfall years in January in over a hundred years.

The all-time record for highest rainfall in the city over 24 hours was set on January 15, 1915, with the city seeing 212.9 mm of rainfall that day. As per official data released on Tuesday afternoon, Chennai saw an average of 114.6 mm of rainfall.

The monthly average for rainfall in January is 17 mm. “On January 5, we got over seven times the average monthly rainfall in less than 15 hours, said a weather blogger.

‘On January 6, thunderstorm with moderate rain is likely to occur at many places over coastal TN, Chennai, Puducherry and Karaikal. Thunderstorms with light to moderate rain are likely to occur at many places over interior Tamil Nadu as well.

Heavy rain is likely to occur at isolated places over The Nilgiris, Cuddalore, Nagapattinam, Mayiladuthurai, and Villupuram districts of Tamilnadu,’ said S Balachandran, director, Regional Meteorological Centre, Chennai.