Chennai’s overnight rains provide relief from the heat.

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Chennai’s overnight rains Chennai’s overnight rains

On Tuesday, heavy overnight rains pounded Chennai and its environs, providing relief from the scorching  May temperatures. Sharp showers that began in the early hours of Tuesday, May 10, continued into the morning, affecting office workers and causing flooding in low-lying areas. Other districts in the state, including Chengalpet, Kancheepuram, and Erode, have been hit by heavy rains.

Rainfall in Chennai due to the Asani effect

As of 8.30 a.m. on Tuesday, the Regional Meteorological Department’s Chennai station had recorded 6.7 mm of rain, while Chennai Nungambakkam had recorded 12.5 mm. The highest temperature is possible.

The sky over Chennai is expected to be mostly cloudy for the next 48 hours. Thunderstorms with light to moderate rain are expected in some areas, according to the IMD. The maximum and minimum temperatures are expected to be around 35 degrees Celsius and 28 degrees Celsius, respectively.

On May 10, the Regional Meteorological Department in Chennai predicts thunderstorms with light to moderate rain in a few locations across Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, and Karaikal. On May 11, light to moderate rain is expected in parts of north Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, and Karaikal.

However, Cyclone Asani is expected to bring north-westerly winds, which will block the sea breeze, according to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD). In an interview with IANS on Sunday, a senior IMD official said: “The wind system may not bring rain to Tamil Nadu, but the temperature is expected to rise by 2-3°C, accumulating dry heat. Temperatures are expected to rise over the next few days.”

Meanwhile, Severe Cyclonic Storm Asani (pronounced Asani) is currently 300 kilometers southeast of Kakinada, Andhra Pradesh. It is very likely to recurve north-northeastwards and move off the coasts of north Andhra Pradesh and Odisha into the Northwest Bay of Bengal. The IMD predicts that it will gradually weaken into a cyclonic storm over the next 24 hours.

On Monday night, ten flights were canceled at Chennai airport due to Cyclone Asani, including those from Hyderabad, Visakhapatnam, Jaipur, and Mumbai.

 

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