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Chennai rains begin, likely to intensify soon

December 21, 2017 2:48 PM |

Scattered light rains in Chennai; heavy showers unlikely

The month of December is churning out to be a dry month of the city of Chennai. Since the beginning of the month, the city has been reeling under a dry spell with only the first day of the month recording some good showers under the influence of Cyclone Ockhi.

However, a fresh spell of rain is anticipated to commence today to break the monotonous and elongated dry spell. In fact, the city has already started witnessing drizzle which is likely to gain some strength in the next few hours. Moreover, these rains are likely to continue for another 48 hours.

As against the monthly average rainfall of 177.4 mm, the city has just recorded 65 mm of rains that too on December 1. Thereafter, the weather is completely dry for the city. Moreover, with this scenario, it seems pretty difficult for the city to surpass its monthly mean.

Likewise, the other stations of Tamil Nadu are also dry, sparing a few southern coastal stations of the state that have recorded some rains in the last 48 hours. In fact, Karaikal and Nagapattinam recorded rains to the tune of 23 mm and 9 mm respectively in the last 24 hours as well. Though these rains spared the north coastal and the interior stations of the state, including the capital city, Chennai.



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According to the weathermen at Skymet Weather, these rains are due to the moderate northeasterly winds coming from the Bay of Bengal. In addition to this, a cyclonic circulation is also prevailing over the Comorin area which is enhancing the northeasterly flow of winds.

Northeast Monsoon has remained weak throughout the month over Chennai and is likely to revive to some extent. Though the rainy episode which is expected to commence over Chennai will not be intense.

However, the rains which were experienced by the city during November end does not show any chances of repetition. Chennai is likely to receive only scattered light rains with one or two moderate showers. Thus, these rains will not trigger issues pertaining to flooding and waterlogging.

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