After a grueling scorching day on Wednesday, Chennaiites had been pleasantly shocked by surprising night showers.
Whereas Nungambakkam recorded 11.4mm rain on Wednesday, Meenambakkam which is additional away from sea recorded 6.2mm. The regional meteorological centre forecasts gentle rains until September 2.
Whereas the southwest monsoon wreaked havoc throughout the nation, Chennai solely noticed convective rains – that are localised and never very long-lasting. “Although most individuals felt the rain was intense, it was very remoted. Solely when it rains above 7cm (70 mm), can we name it intense,” mentioned the responsibility officer on the Regional Meteorological Centre, Chennai. For the following two days, the centre has forecast largely partly cloudy skies with rain accompanied by thundershowers in a single or two locations within the night or evening.
Convective rains are shaped when there may be intense heating throughout the day, inflicting evaporation which provides to the formation of rain clouds. These rains, although intense, are extraordinarily localised and don’t proceed for too lengthy. On Wednesday, Chennai recorded a most temperature of 35.6 levels C – which is 0.6 levels C larger than regular. On Thursday, the utmost temperature was 36.6 levels C.
Areas within the state nearer to the Western Ghats will obtain extra rain, as a part of the southwest monsoon. “Coimbatore, Theni, and Dindigul will obtain heavy rainfall for the following 24 hours,” mentioned the responsibility officer.
Chennai receives about 126.8mm rain all through August. Final yr, town obtained 191.5mm, whereas in 2016 the month noticed the lowest-ever rainfall within the final ten years with simply 44.3mm rain.
This yr town, up to now, has obtained solely 91.5mm rainfall. Nonetheless, the southwest monsoon has given town 17% extra rainfall than regular. Between June 1 and August 25, town obtained 344.4mm, whereas the common for a similar interval is 294.6mm, The Occasions of India reported.