Showers predicted during weekend, relief from heat expected

Many parts of Tamil Nadu reeling under heatwave-like conditions may get a respite this weekend. The Meteorological Department expects some parts of the State to receive light to moderate showers on May 12.

Light to moderate showers may occur in parts of Dharmapuri, Krishnagiri, Namakkal, Theni, Dindigul, Coimbatore, Nilgiris, Virudhunagar and Tirunelveli districts on Saturday, according to the forecast. The showers may continue from May 12 to May 14.

Since Wednesday morning, Vallathi anicut in Tiruchi district received 10 cm, the highest volume of rainfall in the State. Many places received good rainfall. Chengalpattu in Kancheepuram district recorded one cm rainfall.

The department has also issued a warning for thunderstorm accompanied by gusty winds (wind speeds reaching 30-40 kmph) and lightning, over parts of Dharmapuri, Krishnagiri, Namakkal, Theni, Dindigul, Coimbatore, Nilgiris, Virudhunagar and Tirunelveli districts, on Saturday.

After scorching hot day, thunderstorm came to the rescue of residents of Karur and Tiruchi. These places recorded 3 cm and 1 cm respectively till 5.30 p.m. For the third consecutive day, Chennai endured blazing heat as mercury level stayed above the 40-degree mark.

Temperatures in Karur Paramathi, Madurai, Nagapattinam, Palayamkottai, Salem, Tiruchy, Tiruttani and Vellore shot past 100 degree fahrenheit. Chennai recorded a maximum temperature of 40.4 degree celsius at Meenambakkam.