CHENNAI: The Met Department has predicted that the ‘well marked low pressure’ in the Bay of Bengal, off the Sri Lankan coast, may intensify and lead to depression by Tuesday. The department has issued an ‘isolated heavy rain warning’ for North coastal Tamil Nadu and Puducherry.
On Sunday, the Met department forecast rainfall in almost all the districts of the state. On Monday, moderate to heavy rain is forecast at several places in Chennai, Kanchipuram, Tiruvallur, Cuddalore, Villupuram, Thanjavur, Tiruvarur, Nagapattinam, Pudukottai, Ramanathapuram, Tirunelveli, Tuticorin and Kanyakumari districts. Light to moderate rain may occur in the remaining districts.
In Chennai, weather is likely to remain cloudy for the next couple of days. The rains, on Sunday, came as a welcome relief as the city is inching towards a deficit rainfall, this year too. Currently, the seasonal rainfall is down by 21 percent.
Sunday Sale Lost
Despite the rains on Sunday contributing to fill the water starved reservoirs of the city, small businesses took a hit as the downpour put paid to all their hopes of raking in big bucks on a holiday. “We had to cover up and close down our stalls four times today,” said a street side stall-owner at the Cotton Street in Egmore. The fate of other street vendors in other parts of the city were not different.