TN to receive hevy rains till Sat

Chennai: Most parts of the state have experienced below-normal maximum temperatures, attributed to a prolonged wet spell accompanied by heavy rainfall.

The regional meteorological center has issued an extension of the heavy rainfall warning for several districts until May 18. Within the last 24 hours, ending at 8:30 am on Tuesday, Makkinampatti in Coimbatore recorded the highest rainfall at 8 cm, followed by Pollachi and the Thoothukudi port weather stations at 7 cm each. Numerous other weather stations in Virudhunagar, Dindigul, Theni, Nilgiris, Kanniyakumari, and Tiruppur reported varying degrees of heavy to moderate rainfall.

According to the meteorological office, rainfall is expected until May 20, with heavy showers predicted until May 18. Approximately 15 to 20 districts are anticipated to receive heavy rain from May 16 to 18. These include the Nilgiris, the ghat areas of Coimbatore, Salem, Dharmapuri, Krishnagiri, Tirupattur, Dindigul, Namakkal, Karur, Tiruchy, Madurai, Sivaganga, Virudhunagar, Tiruvarur, Thanjavur, Nagapattinam, Mayiladuthurai, Pudukkottai, Theni, Tenkasi, Tirunelveli, Kanniyakumari districts, and the Karaikal area. In Chennai, the sky is expected to be partly cloudy with the possibility of light rain.

Maximum temperatures are forecasted to reach 36-37 ºC, while nighttime temperatures will hover around 28-29º for the next two days.