Depression over South Sri Lanka and the adjoining areas has weakened to a low-pressure area. It moved southwestward in the past 12hr and is now lying over the Gulf of Mannar, Comorin Sea and Sri Lanka region. It is further moving southwest in the equatorial region away from mainland Sri Lanka.
Island nation Sri Lanka was lashed with heavy rains across the region covering Jaffna, Mannar, Vavuniya, Kandy and Galle. The state of Tamil Nadu also witnessed heavy rains along south coast and moderate showers in the interiors.
Chief amounts of rainfall include Karaikal-63mm, Atiramapattinam-73 and Nagapattinam-88mm. Moderate showers reached interior parts of Madurai, Trichy, Thanjavur and Kodaikanal. Parts of Kerala also witnessed light to moderate rains over the last 2 days. Moderate showers are expected over these 2 states during the next 24hr and recede thereafter.
Freak depression had come up over extreme farther parts of Bay of Bengal and equatorial region. JTWC had earlier sounded a cyclone alert and withdrawn later. Usually, no cyclones or even strong depression, as such form in this area, at this time of the year. The depression has since weakened to a low pressure area and fading further, over Comorin Sea and Gulf of Mannar. The cyclonic circulation will shift further equatorward and is likely to get filled up over the same area after 48 hours.
Moderate showers are likely today over South Coastal and interior parts of Tamil Nadu today. Coastline from Karaikal to Kanyakumari and inland stations, right up to Kerala border will receive moderate intermittent spell in the next 24 hours. State of Kerala will also receive light to moderate rain in the southern half of the state. Weather conditions will improve tomorrow and generally clear weather weather day after and later.