CHENNAI: After starting the week with surprise showers on Monday, temperature in the city breached the 40-degree Celsius mark again on Wednesday, signalling that the heat wave has resumed.
The city got a much-needed respite on Monday after the surprise spells brought down temperature by over nine degrees from Sunday’s 41.8 degrees.
However, on Wednesday, after the skies cleared up, the mercury shot right back upto 40.1 degree Celsius.
The city also witnessed increased humidity during the rain with Monday witnessing 93 per cent humidity and Tuesday witnessing 78 per cent.
However, humidity decreased on Wednesday to 59 per cent leaving the city residents to cope with the dry heat.
The limited spell was caused by a low pressure formation in the Arabian sea which now has formed into a cyclone moving farther away from having any effect on the city towards Oman, informed Meteorological Department officials.
Certain areas in the State have been witnessing one mm or 2 mm of rain due to a spillover from the Western Ghats, but the effect will not be felt in Chennai, which will remain mostly dry.
With chances of another surprise spell being scarce and mercury shooting up beyond 40 degrees, the city seems set for another bout with the sun.