The Regional Meteorological Centre (RMC) has predicted more rains for Tamil Nadu, particularly in the southern districts. Light to moderate rain is likely to occur at most places over south Tamil Nadu and at isolated places over north Tamil Nadu and Puducherry on Monday. Rains are expected to continue, especially in coastal Tamil Nadu and interior districts on Wednesday
Speaking to reporters in Chennai on Monday, S Balachandran, Director, Area Cyclone Warning Centre, Chennai, explained, “A low pressure trough persists in the southwest Bay of Bengal, near Sri Lanka and south Tamil Nadu. A low pressure area persists over southwest Arabian Sea.” He also said that heavy to very heavy rain is likely to occur at isolated places over the state in Kanyakumari, Tirunelveli, Thoothukudi, Ramanathapuram, Pudukkottai, delta districts, Cuddalore, Ariyalur, Perambalur, and Theni, Dindigul, Nilgiris and Coimbatore located in the Western Ghats.
As far as Chennai is concerned, the sky condition is likely to be generally cloudy. Light to moderate rain is likely to occur in some areas.
The Met Department has also issued a warning to fishermen.
“Yesterday’s low pressure area over Southeast Arabian sea and adjoining Lakshadweep area now lies over Lakshadweep area and adjoining southeast Arabian sea. It is also likely to become more marked during next 24 hrs. For Monday and Tuesday, the weather agency predicted that squally weather with wind speeds reaching upto 40 to 50 kmph is likely to prevail over southeast Arabian sea and adjoining Lakshadweep area and along-off Kerala-Karnataka coast and 45-55 kmph gusting to 65 kmph likely to prevail over southwest Arabian sea and adjoining equatorial Indian ocean.
For Wednesday, similar conditions would prevail with wind speeds at 50-60 kmph gusting to 70 kmph is likely to prevail over southwest Arabian sea. Fishermen are advised not to venture to these areas for the period mentioned.
As of Monday, Mettupalayam station in Coimbatore recorded heaviest rainfall at 180.3 mm. This was followed by Palaviduthi in Karur at 130.5 mm. Maduranthagam (Kancheepuram), Cholavaram, Chembarambakkam, Gummidipoondi (Thiruvallur) and Coonoor (Nilgiris) also experienced heavy rainfall above 90 mm.
The Greater Chennai Corporation has released control rooms numbers for the rains. The landline is 044-25384520, 044-25384530 or 044-25384540. Whatsapp is 9445477205.