As predicted by Skymet Weather, heavy to very heavy rains have lashed Chennai and nearby areas of Tamil Nadu on Saturday. In span of 24 hours from 8:30 am om Saturday, Minambakkam Observatory recorded 70 mm of rains, while Nungambakkam Observatory received 59 mm.
In fact, intense clouding is still hovering over the state capital, with rains and thundershowers continuing. According to weathermen, these Monsoon rains would continue throughout the day today.
As reiterated, these rains can be attributed to the low pressure area over Southwest Arabian Sea, which is getting more marked. Besides this, another low pressure area is likely to form today, to be precise in the next 12 hours. Both the systems have strengthened the flow of easterly winds over Coastal Tamil Nadu.
With this, moderate to heavy rains with few very heavy spells are likely to lash Chennai and Coastal Tamil Nadu till December 2.
The ongoing spell can be termed as the first heavy spell of Northeast Monsoon, which had failed to perform in November. November is the rainiest month and contributes majority of the rainfall during the Monsoon season. However, this not has been the case so far. Minambakkam reported 222 mm of rains in November, while Nungambakkam 116 mm against the monthly average of 374.4 mm.
But with Monsoon once again picking up the pace, we expect December to perform better that see average rainfall of 177.6 mm. Chennai recorded over 60% of its annual rainfall during the ongoing Northeast Monsoon.
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