High clouds raise hopes but rain eludes Chennai again

Tuesday was the hottest day recorded ever since Kathiri season began on May 4.

Published: 10th May 2017 05:30 AM  |   Last Updated: 10th May 2017 05:30 AM   |  A+A-

The city witnessed lightning on Tuesday evening. Although this is usually a good indicator of rainfall, the showers kept Chennaiites waiting | sunish p surendran

By Express News Service

CHENNAI: Tuesday was the hottest day recorded ever since Kathiri season began on May 4. The Nungambakkam weather station registered 37 degrees Celsius, which is one degree above normal, and Meenambakkam recorded a sweltering 39 degrees. However, in the evening, dark clouds covered the skies but rain eluded the city.

Though drizzling was reported across the city, the neighbouring districts of Tiruvallur and Kancheepuram saw one or two spells of rain. However, the chill in the air brought much needed relief.
Speaking to Express, S Balachandran, Director, Area Cyclone Warning Centre, said those were high clouds moving from west to east. “The clouds were generated in the west and passed through Chennai towards the east. Chennai could experience drizzle but no rainfall is expected. The forecast is the same for Wednesday,” he said, before adding that the interiors of Tamil Nadu would receive good rainfall in the next 48 hours.

Weather blogger Pradeep John said: “Stratiform clouds give few drops in parts of north Chennai. Puducherry and Cuddalore are in for a treat as storms from the land are trying to reach the sea for the first time this year,” he told this newspaper.


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