CHENNAI: For the first time after being exposed to blistering heat waves the past 40 days since the summer peaked, none of the weather stations in Tamil Nadu on Saturday recorded 40 degree Celsius, thanks to intermediate rain recorded in several parts of the State.
The lowest temperature was recorded in Kodaikanal and Ooty, both at 11.8 deg C and the Madurai AP station recorded the highest temperature at 39.8 deg C.
The last 24 hour rain data recorded at 8.30 am show that Padalur in Perambalur district got 130mm of rain, while Vedasandur, Dindigul district and Aravakurichi, Karur district got 110mm rainfall each. Several places in Namakkal, Salem, Krishnagiri, Trichy and Theni districts have received rainfall ranging from 80mm to 3mm rainfall, bringing down the overall temperature levels.
Though, Chennai skies sported dark clouds briefly, there seems to be no reprieve with summer showers remaining elusive. Nugumabakkam on Saturday recorded 36.1 deg C, while Meenambakkam notched 37.2 deg C.
The neighbouring metro cities like Bengaluru and Hyderabad have received good spells of rain in the past couple of days bringing cheer and relief. The scene of insects invading the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad on Friday evening during the IPL match between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Gujrat Lions after a morning spell was a sight to behold.
The weather models are predicting more rains this month for Tamil Nadu. However, there is no consensus on Chennai being part of the jubilation. However, met officials say that Chennai too may get shower spells in a few days.