As the Indian summer descends over the peninsula, the Regional Meteorological Centre in Chennai has predicted a heat stress that is likely to occur at isolated places over interior Tamil Nadu. According to a weather forecast issued by the RMC on Thursday, Vellore, Tiruvannamalai, Krishnagiri, Dharmapuri, Salem, Namakkal, Tiruchirapalli, Karur, Dindigul and Madurai districts would likely witness heat stress on Monday.
While light to moderate rain is likely to occur at isolated places over Tamil Nadu on Friday and Saturday, dry weather is likely to prevail over Tamil Nadu and Puducherry on Sunday and Monday. "Maximum temperature is likely to be above normal by 2-3 Degrees Celsius at isolated places over Interior Tamil Nadu (Vellore, Tiruvannamalai, Krishnagiri, Dharmapuri, Salem, Namakkal, Tiruchirapalli, Karur, Dindigul and Madurai districts)" the IMD predicts, between March 22 and 24.
Local forecast for Chennai city and its neighbourhood states that the sky is likely to be partly cloudy during the morning hours and mainly clear thereafter for the weekend. Minimum temperatures are likely to be around 34 and 26 degree celsius over Friday and Saturday, respectively.
According to a report in the Times of India, temperatures in several interior and northern districts in the state were between 37 and 38 degree celsius, the maximum in the state. These districts include Dharmapuri, Karur, Madurai, Namakkal, Palayamkottai, Salem, Trichy, Tiruttani and Vellore.
On Thursday, the highest temperature all over the country was recorded at Rayalaseema in Anantapur district, which scorched at 41.1 degree celsius.
According to a report by Skymet Weather, heat wave conditions were observed in Tamil Nadu over the first ten days of March, while temperatures subsequently came down to normal in most places.
Meanwhile, on Wednesday, 24 districts in the state were declared drought-hit on account of failure of the northeast monsoon. According to a report in The New Indian Express, the storage levels in reservoirs supplying water to Chennai were depleting. As of January 28, only 2,441 mcft of a total capacity of 12,722 mcft was observed. The drought-hit districts are: Chennai, Dharmapuri, Krishnagiri, Karur, Salem, Vellore, Tiruchirapalli, Perambalur, Tiruvallur, Namakkal, Virudhunagar, Kancheepuram, Madurai, Dindigul, Erode, Pudukottai, Sivagangai, Thanjavur, Viluppuram, Tiruvannamalai, Ariyalur, Nagapattinam, Cuddalore and Ramanathapuram.