In good news for Chennai, rains, which came as a relief to the parched city, are set to continue till Saturday. Even as the rising temperatures over the summer had the city reeling under a severe water crisis, heavy rains lashed the city on Wednesday. As of 5:30 pm on Wednesday, Chennaiâ€™s Nungambakkam recorded 9.5 mm of rainfall.
According to the Regional Meteorological Centre's prediction for Thursday, "Light to moderate rain is likely to occur at a few places over North Tamil Nadu; at isolated places over south Tamil Nadu." Light to moderate rain is likely to occur at isolated places over Tamil Nadu between Friday and Sunday. As far as Chennai is concerned, the IMD said that the sky condition is likely to be generally cloudy. â€śLight rain is likely to occur in some areas. Maximum and Minimum temperatures are likely to be around 35 and 26 deg Celsius respectively,â€ť it said.
According to one report in the Times of India, the rainfall may occur during afternoons and nights even as upper air circulation has neared the city.
Following the showers on Wednesday, weather blogger Pradeep John who runs the popular Facebook page Tamil Nadu Weatherman, wrote, â€śThere is no perfect example like today what a sea breeze can do. Chennai rainfall in June to September is mostly dependent on Sea breeze. It is the one who enhances the rainfall by carrying the moisture from sea to the incoming clouds from inland. Today was not too hot. So no overhead clouds we needed and over head clouds came from NW the perfect angle.(sic)"
According to one report in The Indian Express, Ashok Nagar, Nungambakkam, KK Nagar, Tambaram, Perunkalathur, Vandalur, Guduvanchery, Avadi, Ambattur, Villivakkam, Korattur, Old Mahabalipuram Road (OMR) and Thiruninravur received heavy rainfall.