Chennai: Influence of cyclone Asani brings rain; temperature plummets – Times of India

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Chennai: The city and suburbs woke to rain and a significant drop in temperature on Tuesday thanks to cyclone Asani. The only negative was traffic piling up during the morning peak hour in Adyar, on Sardar Patel Road and near Thiru Vi Ka bridge, and on Perambur barracks road at Purusawalkam because of waterlogging. Traffic was slow in some other parts of the city too.
Weathermen said the showers and low temperatures could continue for the next two days, but warned the weekend would be hot.
On Tuesday, maximum temperatures dropped to 29.7°C and 29.1°C in Nungambakkam and Meenambakkam, which were 6.3 and 8.2 degrees below normal.
Nungambakkam and Meenambakkam recorded 12.5mm and 6.7mm of rainfall till 8.30am and 15.8mm and 16.2mm till 7.30pm. Suburbs received the maximum rainfall. Till 8.30am, Ennore received 23mm, Kelambakkam 22.8mm and Kattupakkam 39mm. By 7.30pm, west Tambaram received 29mm, Taramani 19.5mm, ACS Medical College 19mm and Sathyabama University 18.5mm.
P Senthamarai Kannan, director, regional weather forecasting centre, IMD Chennai, said Tuesday’s thunderstorms were due to the outer rainbands that moved southwards as cyclone Asani rotated as it moved northwards. “The intensity of rainfall will reduce on Wednesday. There may be light rain over isolated places. The system after nearing Andhra Pradesh is expected to weaken and move further north on Thursday when its distance from the city will increase. So, the cyclone’s impact may remain only for one or two days,” he said.
For the next 48 hours, IMD has forecast thunderstorms with intermittent light to moderate rain in the city and the suburbs with sky conditions to be generally cloudy. IMD said sani is expected to reach close to Kakinada-Visakhapatnam coast by Wednesday morning as it weakens into a cyclonic storm. It is likely to move towards north AP and further weaken into a depression on Thursday.
Blogger Pradeep John said the storm is likely to become stationary on Wednesday, which may bring some spells to the city. “Models show there are also some chances of rainfall on Friday when the cyclone weakens further and could shift southwards. But by this weekend, we can expect maximum temperatures to rise again, inching towards 40°C. Temperatures usually spike after a cyclone fizzles out and there won’t be any moisture in the air,” he said.