Rains lash Chennai, showers to continue till Saturday

The core areas of Chennai received heavy rain on Wednesday evening. Areas like T Nagar, Saidapet, Teynampet, Nandanam, Pallavaram and Tambaram received strong showers, bringing joy to people of the city who are suffering from water shortage and heat.

The IMD’s city forecast suggests that Chennai will get light rain or drizzle with the sky being cloudy. This is likely to continue for the next two days.

During the last 24 hours, scattered light to moderate Monsoon rains occurred over parts of Tamil Nadu. Salem recorded 28.4 mm of rain, followed by Parangipettai 8 mm, Valparai 12.8 mm, Chennai (Nungambakkam) 9.5 mm and Coonoor 0.5 mm.

These rains have been attributed to a cyclonic circulation which was persisting over Southwest Bay of Bengal off Tamil Nadu Coast. Now the cyclonic circulation has shifted over the West-central Bay of Bengal off Andhra Pradesh Coast. And Monsoon is also likely to remain subdued over the region.

Other regions of Tamil Nadu: Tiruvallur, Kanchipuram, Chennai, Vellore, Villupuram, Cuddalore, Nilgiris, Coimbatore, Theni, Dindigul, Nagapattinam, Karaikal, Tiruvarur and Tiruvannamalai may experience light to moderate rainfall at isolated places today.

The regional meteorological department’s (RMC) weekly observation reveal that there has been little to no rainfall in Chennai, Cuddalore, Kanchipuram, Nagapattinam, Perambalur, Tiruvallur etc. While, districts like Kanyakumari, Karur, Tirunelveli, Toothukudi, Tiruppur and Virudhunagar have received large excess rainfall during the past week.

Parts of the Kanchipuram, Tiruvallur and Chennai region have recorded rain since June 23 with Tiruttani recording 39 mm of rain as on Monday morning. On Monday, Sholingur (Vellore district) received 4 cm of rain while RK Pet (Tiruvallur district) received 3 cm of rainfall.