CHENNAI: Tuesday witnessed the temperature shooting up to 39.7 degree Celsius in the city, the highest since the weekend.
The heat, meanwhile, took a turn for the worse with an increase in humidity from 44 per cent on Monday to 71 per cent on Tuesday.
Since last week the mercury level has been hovering around 40 degree Celsius. Meanwhile, the Met department has forecasted that there will be no significant change in the next couple of days and that the maximum and minimum temperatures will be at 40 and 30 degree Celsius respectively.
However, rain and thundershowers have been predicted in the city in evening and night. Surface winds can also be strong and gusty at times.
Chennai has received slightly above normal rains this June with a positive increase of 8 per cent in rainfall. Last year, it had received only 34 mm of rainfall in June. This year, the city has already recorded a rainfall of 58.7 mm.
Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu has recorded a 22 per cent decline in rains this month with the total rainfall recorded at 39.6 mm.