Here’s something no cricket fan would want to hear: there is a possibility, though distant, of rain interrupting the India-Pakistan ODI encounter, which is slated to be held at the M A Chidambaram Stadium here on December 30.
The bad tiding for the cricket aficionado apart, this also means that the city may get to sign off this year on a wet note, after an unusually dry winter, although its possibility appears rather distant, if you go by the weatherman’s observation. Officials at the Met department office here noted that there has been the build-up of a low-pressure region off the coast of Andaman and Nicobar Islands. This could lead to the formation of a depression, followed by other stages, and its eventual progress along the Bay of Bengal to the coast off Chennai.
It is a long shot at the moment and the situation will be clear after four-five days. “We need to wait and see at least till the 29th for the possibility of rain in the city. Until then nothing can be said,” the official added.
A little over a month ago, cyclone Nilam had battered coastal Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh. Chennai experienced gusty winds, of speeds up to 80 kmph, which uprooted many electric poles and trees. The impact of the cyclone, however, was felt most at nearby Mahabalipuram, where people had to be evacuated in large numbers.