A wet Deepavali looms for Chennai
Chennai: With just a day to go for the Deepavali festival, last-minute shoppers faced a hurdle in the form of rains as a low pressure area in the Bay brought persitent showers to the city and various parts of the State.
According to the weathermen, the low pressure area that persists over southwest and adjoining southeast Bay of Bengal is likely to become a well-marked low pressure area. The weather system is further expected to concentrate into a deep depression and make landfall between Kodiyakkarai and Puducherry near Pichavaram tomorrow afternoon as a marginal cyclone.
The Met office warned that very heavy rain (20 to 30 cm rainfall) is expected between Rameshwaram and Chennai from Sunday afternoon till tomorrow.
It is likely that there would be a gradual increase in the rainfall over Chennai from Sunday. Officials of the Meteorological department said that another upper air cyclonic circulation that extends up to 4.5 km above mean sea level would also help sustain the rain.
On Saturday, the weather stations in core parts of the city did not receive much rain. But those in Madhavaram and Ennore received 1 cm of rainfall.
The Met department predicted some coastal areas would receive heavy to very heavy rainfall. Chennai too would have few spells of rain or thundershowers, which might be heavy at times.
The rain spell is expected to extend till Tuesday. Fishermen have also been warned against venturing into sea on Monday. This year, Chennai has so far received 68 cm of rainfall against the annual average of 140 cm. Similarly, Meenambakkam has registered 81 cm against the annual average of 138 cm for the year.