Chennai city is all set to experience thundershowers over the next two days, the Met Department has predicted. Even as the southwest monsoon has been battering Kerala and Karnataka, Tamil Nadu has largely experienced light rains and cooler weather. Nilgiris district, however, has witnessed flooding along with resultant landslides.
According to a forecast by the Regional Meteorological Centre in Chennai for Tuesday and Wednesday, "The sky condition is likely to be generally cloudy. Rain or thundershower is likely to occur in some areas. Maximum and Minimum temperatures are likely to be around 38 and 29 deg Celsius respectively." (sic)
While there may be thundershowers, the temperature prediction remains high at 38 degrees.
According to a report in the Times of India, an official from the Met Department said that the high temperature was on account of lesser cloud cover than usual. "When cloud cover is sparse in the day, scattered sunlight will hit the earth directly. This will make the day hotter. The rain the city is expected to get will be caused by convective clouds triggered by high daytime temperature," the official told the newspaper.
Meanwhile, city-based weather blogger Pradeep John, who runs the popular Facebook page Tamil Nadu Weatherman, pointed to the Chennai Metro Water's release of groundwater data and wrote, "Ground Water Levels in the 15 zones of Chennai City (426 Sq.km. Published. The ground water will further improve at end of August with more rains to come in the KTCC belt."
Last week, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami announced that the city is all set to receive water from the Krishna river, as part of its water-sharing arrangement with Andhra Pradesh. The Andhra government has agreed to release 8 tmc feet of water which will reach the city from the Poondi reservoir in Thiruvallur district.