Rain lashes Chennai, more likely in next two days – Times of India

Chennai News

CHENNAI: After a long dry spell, many parts of the city recorded light to moderate rainfall on Saturday evening. While IMD has forecast moderate spells for the next two days, private forecasters said this may be the last round of monsoon rainfall this year.
On Saturday, partly cloudy weather led to short light spells over many parts of the city. Till 7.30pm, Nungambakkam and Meenambakkam recorded 4mm and 0.4mm as rain continued till late evening.
For the next 48 hours, the city and the suburbs may receive moderate rain with thunderstorms and lightning over some areas. The skies may be partly cloudy. Maximum and minimum temperatures are likely to be around 29-30 degree Celsius and 22-23 degree Celsius.
An IMD official said the rainfall is triggered by the depression that is moving towards the Comorin region.
“The depression over southwest Bay of Bengal moved nearly southwestwards at a 20kmph speed and as of Saturday evening lay centered at around 360 km east-southeast of Nagapattinam and 480km east-southeast of Chennai. It is likely to weaken slightly, move west-southwestwards and reach the Sri Lanka coast by December 25 morning. Thereafter, it would continue to move west-southwestwards across Sri Lanka and reach the Comorin Area and neighborhood by December 26 morning,” an IMD bulletin said.
Since October 1, Tamil Nadu has recorded 425.1mm, which is 2% below normal and Chennai has recorded 884.7mm which is 12% above normal.
Mahesh Palawat, chief meteorologist, Skymet Weather said the city has chances of light rains till December 27 after which a dry spell may end the monsoon season this year.
“Chennai may not receive continuous rainfall. It may be light one or two short spells. Much of the rain activity may be around Pambam and Nagapattinam and adjoining areas. After December 27, there won’t be any weather system,” he said.

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