Several parts of the city experienced heavy rains accompanied by thunder and lightning on Sunday, evoking mixed feelings among the residents. From the morning itself, the sky was covered by thick layers of black clouds and it opened up in the evening. Meenambakkam received 12 mm of rain while Nungambakkam recorded 11 mm in the heavy downpour.
Balaji, a resident of Kolathur, said, “It was drizzling when I boarded a bus at Kolathur. However, the drizzle turned into a downpour even as the bus was moving through Otteri, Perambur and Vysarpadi.”
Heavy downpour, accompanied by thunder and lightning was reported from Saidapet, Mambalam and Vepery.
Attributing the rainfall to the low pressure belt developed in the West-Central bay along the Andhra Pradesh coast, sources in the Regional Meteorological Centre at Chennai said rains or thundershowers might occur in some areas of the city and many other places in Northern TN and Puducherry.
Dr Y E A Raj, deputy director general of meteorology at the Regional Meteorological centre in Chennai, said, “The impact of the low pressure may bring more rains to northern districts of Tamil Nadu, including Chennai.”
Asked whether the low pressure would intensify further, he said that it could not be predicted at that point.
However, with rains came the complaints of inundated roads, overflowing drains and, in a few places, the roads were did not submerge or developed potholes.