Chennai welcomes rains. IMD forecast rainy week ahead

Chennai and nearby districts experienced light to moderate rainfall, offering a respite from the intense heat.

Several other regions of Tamil Nadu also saw showers, much to the delight of residents.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) forecasted continued light to moderate rainfall in many areas, with isolated heavy rains expected until May 19.

This weather pattern is due to an upper air cyclonic circulation over the southwest Bay of Bengal and adjacent south Sri Lanka.

Additionally, the IMD predicts isolated very heavy rainfall in parts of southern Tamil Nadu and the Western Ghats.

Throughout the week, southern and western Tamil Nadu have been receiving rain, including the Cauvery delta districts.

The IMD on Wednesday announced that the southwest monsoon is expected to arrive in Kerala around May 31, with a possible variation of four days.

This timing is close to the usual date. The IMD had previously predicted above-normal rainfall for this monsoon season, anticipating the onset of favorable La Niña conditions by August-September.