CHENNAI: The Regional Meteorological Centre (RMC) predicted heavy rain along with thunderstorm activity for five districts of Tamil Nadu for the next two days due to the low pressure area prevailing over the South Odisha region.
"The low pressure area formed over the Andhra coast and adjacent Bay of Bengal region has strengthened into a deep depression and is prevailing over South Odisha. It is likely to weaken into a depression in the next 24 hours. So, five districts of Tamil Nadu - Nilgiris, Coimbatore, Tiruppur, Theni, and Dindigul are likely to get heavy rain with thunderstorms and lightning for the next two days, " said a senior RMC official.
The rest of the state is expected to receive light to moderate rain for the next few days. As far as Chennai is concerned, the sky will be partly cloudy and some areas will receive light rain during the evening hours for the next two days.
For those who venture along the Tamil Nadu and Puducherry coast, the center warned the fishermen not to venture into the sea till Wednesday. As squally weather with wind speeds reaching 40 kmph -50 kmph is likely to prevail over Gulf of Mannar, South Tamil Nadu coast and adjoining Southwest Bay of Bengal off the Sri Lanka Coast.
A weather blogger stated, "Strengthening monsoon this year's dynamics likely to bring moderate to heavy rains over many places in the Western Ghats while fast moving thunderstorms could bring sudden burst of showers in one or two place over Northern parts of TN, but overall subdued rains likely for most of districts in the state."
According to RMC, during the last 24 hours, the highest amount of rainfall recorded in Nilgiris was 14 cm, Coimbatore 7 cm, Salem and Theni received one cm of rainfall each.