An overcast sky on Saturday
CHENNAI: If even staying indoors did not help escape from the scorching summer heat for the last few days, here is news that might bring some relief. Weathermen have forecast light to moderate rain over some areas in the city for the next two days.
IMD has forecast, “The sky condition likely to be generally cloud. Light to moderate rain like to occur over some areas. Maximum and minimum temperature likely to be around 39°C and 29°C,” in the city for the next 48 hours.
N Puviarasan, director, Area Cyclone Warning Centre, IMD said the city might receive rainfall due to convection resulting out of convergence where winds from same direction changing in speeds and winds from opposite directions converge over the city causing the air to rise upwards.
“We can expect rainfall either in the morning or in the evening on Sunday and Monday,” he said.
The agency has also forecast heavy rain likely over isolated places over hat areas of Bilgiri, Coimbatore, Theni and Dindigul districts of the state for till June 24.
The temperatures in the city have been up for the last few days and at times touching 40°C. While the rain may bring some respite for the next two days, IMD said hot weather will be back by Wednesday.
On Saturday, Nungambakkam recorded 38.4°C and Meenambakkam 38.6°C, which were 1.7°C and 1.5°C above normal.
Though above normal, it was a drop from Fridays when mercury touched 40.6°C in Nungambakkam and 40.7°C in Meenambakkam, which were 3.9°C and 3.6°C above normal.
IMD officials said the hot weather will continue due to the dry hot air from the west and the sunlight along the coast. “We would continue to get dry hot winds even when monsoon rain lashes the west coast due to the physical processes that take place along the western ghats bringing in hot air to the east coast. We can expect rain only during a break monsoon when monsoon currents are weak or due to an easterly pulse or a trough,” an official said.
While the temperature could shoot up by Wednesday, experts said mercury could touch 40°C for a day or two and would be back to the monthly average of 37°C. “We expect July also to record temperatures around 37°C,” another official said.