Parts of Tamil Nadu, including Chennai, may receive moderate to heavy rainfall in the coming days

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CHENNAI: The Regional Meteorological Center (RMC) on Wednesday said that moderate to heavy rainfall is likely to continue over Chennai and several districts of Tamil Nadu in the coming days.

Taking a break from the scorching heat, the capital had received intermittent rain for the past two days due to the cyclonic circulation prevailing over the southwestern Bay of Bengal. On Wednesday afternoon, many areas in Chennai, including Porur, Guindy, Ekkatuthangal, Kodambakkam, Alandur, Tondiarpet, Tiruvottiyur, Egmore, Velachery and OMR, witnessed light to moderate rainfall with several internal roads experiencing mild waterlogging. In addition, the ongoing desilting and construction of rainwater drains have been interrupted due to the rain.

Over the next two days, skies in Chennai are likely to be cloudy and moderate rain is expected in some areas in the city and suburbs, the RMC said.

The weather department has also issued a yellow warning for rain in the ghat areas of Coimbatore, Tiruppur, Dindigul, Theni, Nilgiris, Erode, Krishnagiri, Tirupattur, Dharmapuri, Salem, Namakkal, Karur and Trichy. These districts are likely to experience heavy rain along with thunderstorms and winds gusting at speeds of 30 to 40 kmph.

The rest of the state could receive light to moderate rain in the coming days, the RMC added.

So far, Tamil Nadu has received 23.6 mm of rain against an average rainfall of 10.2 mm, a surplus of 13.4 percent. The highest rainfall has been recorded in Tiruvarur at 28 mm, followed by Trichy at 33 mm.

Moreover, the weather department has also advised fishermen not to venture into the sea as squalls with speeds ranging from 35 kmph to 45 kmph with wind gusts up to 55 kmph are likely to prevail over the Tamil Nadu coast, Gulf of Mannar and the Comorin area. .