CHENNAI: Though the Southwest monsoon is still active, unlike previous years, September has been more of dry weather for Tamil Nadu this year. The Met official stated that this month there were expected intense showers. However, the variation is common due to no active circulation in the Tamil Nadu region. In addition, dry weather is likely to prevail for at least a week.
"For the past few days, the State has been witnessing dry weather due to low moisture and land breeze which has led to an increase in the temperature. The Southwest monsoon is active but there is no support system such as atmospheric formation or wind speed variation in Tamil Nadu," said a senior official with Regional Meteorological Center (RMC), Chennai.
As the cyclonic circulation is moving towards the northern part of the country, the rainfall pattern is active in the neighbouring states. As far as Chennai is concerned, it is currently experiencing land breeze even during evening hours, and the maximum temperature has been raised by two - three degree Celsius more than normal.
"During August, the State witnessed intense showers and recorded almost 80 - 90 per cent rainfall. It reported the third highest rainfall in the last 122 years. Likewise, we expected September would receive more rain like previous years. But it has recorded a minimal amount of rainfall comparatively, " explained the official.
He further added that the dry weather in the State is likely to continue till the end of the month. After the onset of the Northeast monsoon, the cyclonic circulation or low pressure area forming near the coastal region, the State is expected to get intense rain.