Rains lash Chennai, more expected for next 2 days

Ahead of the northeast monsoon, which accounts for more than 60% of Chennai’s annual rainfall, residents can rejoice in some early showers, weather officials have said.

India Meteorological Department has said the southwest monsoon had begun withdrawing from parts of west Rajasthan and Punjab, a delay of nearly 11 days from the normal September 17. Withdrawal is set to finish in two weeks.

The IMD has forecast moderate thunderstorm with lightning very likely at isolated places over Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Karaikal, south Chhattisgarh, Telangana, Kerala and Mahe, coastal Andhra Pradesh, coastal Odisha, Assam, Meghalaya and Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura during the next 12 hours.

Dry weather very likely over most parts of the northwest India during next five days, it said.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has declared that the Southwest monsoon has withdrawn from some part of West Rajasthan and Punjab on September 28. Further withdrawal of the monsoon is expected in remaining places including Rajasthan and Punjab and some parts of Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh within a couple of days.

A cyclonic circulation will develop into a well-marked low pressure over the Bay of Bengal and stay there for the next couple of days.

The IMD also said that the skies over Chennai and its suburban areas will be cloudy for the next 48 hours. Thunderstorms and light rain will fall over isolated places in the city. The northeast monsoon, which is the source of rainfall for Tamil Nadu, is expected to set in by mid-October, as per reports.

In Chennai, Mambalam received 4 cm of rain, Guindy received 4.4 cm of rain and Meenambakkam received 2.3 cm of rain.