Heavy rains: Red alert issued for Chennai, neighbouring districts

Heavy rains in Chennai for more than 3 hours on Thursday, it caused heavy traffic congestion in many places in Chennai.
Heavy rain lashes Chennai (Credit: Manivasagan)
Heavy rain lashes Chennai (Credit: Manivasagan)

Chennai

Regional Meteorological Center issued red alert - heavy to very heavy rainfall warning - for Chennai, Chengalpattu, Tiruvallur and Kancheepuram for next three hours. The Regional Meteorological Center stated that convective cells present over Chennai, Chengalpattu, Tiruvallur and Kancheepuram are likely to cause significant heavy rainfall.
Heavy showers lashed several parts of the city on Thursday, causing traffic snarls and waterlogging in several areas. In Chennai, Mylapore received more than 20 cm of rainfall, while MRC Nagar received the highest of 17.6 cm of rainfall, followed by Nungambakkam with 14 cm rainfall and Meenambakkam with 10 cm of rainfall.
Regional Meteorological Department on Thursday, said that light to moderate rainfall is expected in the coastal districts, including Chennai and suburban areas for next 48 hours. Meanwhile, delta districts are expected to receive heavy rains. 
B Geetha, scientist at Cyclone Warning Research Centre at Regional Meteorological Centre said that easterly wind over the Bay of Bengal converging along the coast can lead to heavy rains in the city and also other coastal districts. The easterly winds are expected to bring in more rainfall in the next 48 hours as they are likely to weaken over Bay of Bengal. The Centre said that thunderstorm with moderate rains are likely to occur over Coastal Tamil Nadu for next 48 hours, which can bring rains to Villupuram, Cuddalore, Mayiladuthurai and delta districts. 
Meanwhile, Chennai is likely to be partly cloudy for next 48 hours, and thunderstorms along with light to moderate rainfall is expected in several parts of the city. The maximum temperature and minimum temperature is expected to be 31 degree Celsius and 24 degree Celsius respectively.
Weather blogger Pradeep Jogn said that Chennai city rainfall in 2021 is the third wettest year of all time with 21.74 cm rainfall until 5.30 pm on Thursday, after 2005 and 1996. The annual rainfall of 2015 is taken over by 2021, he said. He stated that more clouds are converging into South Chennai and rain is expected to continue further for few more hours. South Chennai - ECR belt which missed heavy spells might get rains in coming hours.

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