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Updated December 16th, 2023 at 10:24 IST

Chennai Rains LIVE: Tamil Nadu braces for two-day rain spell, IMD issues orange alert

Chennai Rains LIVE: Rains might persist for two more days in the city as per the IMD's orange alert for parts of Tamil Nadu.

rains lash parts of Tamil Nadu
Visuals from Chennai, Tamil Nadu as rains lashed parts of state on Friday. | Image: ANI
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Chennai Rains LIVE: Exactly ten days after cyclone Michaung caused havoc, monsoon rains have returned to Chennai. There was light to moderate rain in many areas on Friday, and it might rain for two more days as forecast by IMD. 

Weather forecasters say that the rain brought on by a cyclonic circulation over the southwest Bay of Bengal might not be strong enough to result in any significant flooding. The IMD has issued orange and yellow alerts for the upcoming weekend due to the expectation of heavy to very heavy rainfall in Tamil Nadu's interior and southern coastal districts.

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IMD posted on X, “South Tamil Nadu is expected to receive heavy to very heavy rainfall between 115.6 to 204.4 mm from 16th-17th December. Be prepared and stay safe!”

The director of the IMD's regional weather forecasting centre, N Senthamarai Kannan, said that, for the next two days, there is a chance of light to moderate rain in the city. However, it may not be as cloudy as it was on Friday over the weekend. The main activity will be over Tamil Nadu's south coast and south interior. Because the circulation is near south Tamil Nadu, the weather in Chennai may not be completely dry after two days, he added. 

On Friday morning, there was sporadic rainfall throughout the city, which resulted in mild waterlogging in many places. However, in the evening, the rain lessened. Rainfall levels measured by 7:30 p.m. were 9.3 mm in Nungambakkam, 10.4 mm in Meenambakkam, 10.5 mm in West Tambaram, 9 mm in Villivakkam, and 6.5 mm in Chembarambakkam. The two observatories in the city recorded daytime temperatures of 27.2 °C and 27.4 °C due to the pleasant but cloudy weather.

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The city and the suburbs may see partly cloudy skies for the next 48 hours, with light to moderate rainfall in certain places. The temperature during the day might be between 28 and 29 °C, and at night it might get as low as 23 °C.

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Published December 16th, 2023 at 09:07 IST

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