Following the yellow alert (6-11 cm of rainfall expected) issued by the IMD, the chief minister held a review meeting with the district collectors and instructed them to take precautionary measures.
The sudden and heavy rains on Wednesday have caused flooding and traffic congestion in different parts of the state, making commutes difficult, especially in Chennai.
Weather blogger K Srikanth said all northern coastal districts could witness heavy to very heavy rains between December 3 and 5.
Besides heavy traffic congestion, the intermittent heavy rains led to inundation in several parts of the city and neighbouring districts of Tiruvallur, Kancheepuram and Chengelpet.
“We have been seeing children less than one year of age coming with respiratory illness. There are a lot of dengue cases as well.
Around 21 flights that were to arrive at Chennai airport were delayed on average by 15 minutes to 30 minutes. A few of them got delayed by 45 minutes.
The highest 24-hour August rainfall was recorded on August 16, 1943, when the city received 98.7 mm.
Social media was abuzz with pictures of intense lightning strikes, especially in suburban areas like Iyapanthangal and Chembrambakkam area.
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No heat wave conditions are likely to occur over any part of the country in the next two weeks, IMD said.
Along with Chennai, Vellore and Cuddalore also received light to moderate rainfall- 13 mm and 26 mm respectively.
Despite the heavy rains, Chennai city did not witness much waterlogging, which corporation officials attributed to stormwater drain work undertaken in the last two years.
Meanwhile, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said that the heat Wave conditions over East India and adjoining areas likely to abate gradually from Tuesday.
According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), the state is set to receive rainfall for the next five days.
This June has been among Chennai's hottest. However, the IMD stated that the temperatures would gradually come down in Tamil Nadu from Sunday.