Rain will continue in parts of Tamil Nadu till October 13

By Special Correspondent
Wet month: This October has so far seen good rainfall, with the State receiving an overall 8.4 cm. (Source: R. Ashok)

Rain will continue to lash many parts of the State for three or four more days. The Meteorological Department has predicted fairly widespread rain over Tamil Nadu.

Heavy rain is likely in ten districts, including the Nilgiris, Krishnagiri, Salem, Madurai and Tiruchi on Sunday. Many other places in the State may witness thunderstorms with moderate rain till October 13. Thunderstorms may shift to other districts and isolated heavy rain is likely in 14 districts on Monday.

On Saturday, humid, hot weather in Chennai translated to thunderstorms in many areas by the evening.

The day temperature had touched nearly 36 degrees Celsius at Nungambakkam and 35.4 degrees Celsius at Meenambakkam, which is nearly three degrees Celsius higher than an October day.

Dark rain clouds that hovered over the city brought evening thunderstorms in several areas, including Egmore, Taramani, Vadapalani and Meenambakkam. While MRC Nagar received nearly 4 cm, Nungambakkam recorded 1 cm of rain by 5.30 p.m. Some other weather stations in Chidambaram (3 cm), Hosur and Yercaud also experienced light rain by the evening.

S. Balachandran, deputy director of Meteorology, Chennai, said strong westerlies would trigger convective activity and thunderstorms over the State, particularly in the hilly regions and the northern districts. Southwest monsoon is yet to withdraw completely, and is expected to gradually retreat from other parts like Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh in the next few days.

Though a low pressure area is likely to form around Sunday, it may not have any direct impact over the State, as the weather system is expected to move towards Odisha.

This October has so far seen good rainfall, with the State receiving an overall 8.4 cm against its quota of 4.3 cm, he added.

Similar weather pattern may continue over Chennai with thunderstorms and moderate rain likely to occur in some areas. The city may experience a maximum temperature of around 34 degrees Celsius till Monday, officials added.

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