Chennai set to swelter as hotter days are round the corner – Times of India

Chennai News

CHENNAI: The peak summer season (‘Agni Nakshatram’ in Tamil) is less than a week away and the maximum temperature has started to climb in the suburbs and interior areas of the city.
There will be no heat wave like in the northern parts of the country, but the days are going to be hotter and uncomfortable as the temperature is likely to touch 40C in the suburbs and interior areas of the city in the coming days.
The Met department has forecast that the maximum temperature is likely to be 37C though the city will be partly cloudy in the next 48 hours. The temperature has been hovering at 35C in the past few days. Nights are also going to be warmer as the minimum temperature will be 28C, shows the forecast.
On Saturday, the southern suburbs recorded 39.1C, an increase by 2.4C from normal, which is the highest so far. The core areas recorded 36.5C. It is getting hotter earlier in the day. The temperature was 35C at 10.30am at Nungambakkam and Meenambakkam on Saturday.
The highest temperature in the state was recorded at Vellore at 41.3C.
The Met department has also forecast that the maximum temperature is likely to be above normal by 2C to 3C at isolated pockets over Tamil Nadu till May 2. A Met department official said interior parts of the city and northern interiors of the state will see hotter days in the coming days because of the impact of the heat wave in northern India. Dry wind from the Rayalaseema area will push up the mercury. “The coastal areas of the city will get some relief because of sea breeze, but this is also likely to change from Sunday because the breeze from the sea will blow via the heated land pushing up the temperature,” he said.
Vellore, Ranipet, Dharmapuri, Krishnagiri, Kallakurichi, Gudiyattam, northern parts of Tiruvallur and interior parts of Kancheepuram and Chengalpet will see high temperature sometimes crossing 40C. However, unlike last year, the mercury level has not crossed 40C in April.