City residents experienced relatively cool weather on Monday, thanks to cloud development over the Rayalaseema region. However, a good spell of rain continues to elude the city.

On Monday, the observatories at Nungambakkam and Meenambakkam recorded 34.5 degrees Celsius and 35.8 degrees Celsius respectively, which is the average temperature during this period.

However, the murky sky did not result in rainfall on Monday. Chennai has experienced a rainfall deficit of nearly 70 per cent for the season from June 1.

While the city normally receives nearly 8 cm during the season, this year it has registered a scanty rainfall of little more than 2 cm till July 4. The department forecasts that rain or thundershower may occur in the State the next two days and the maximum temperature will be around 36 degree Celsius.

10 % decrease in prices

Many vegetables that were out of reach of several households now cost less compared to last month. Rainfall in neighbouring States and better crop yield has resulted in a dip of prices by 10 per cent.

Wholesale vendors at Koyambedu said the price of several vegetables had come down by a minimum of Rs. 4. There has been a significant drop in the price of beans, broad beans and brinjal.

P. Munusami, a retailer at Villivakkam, said he sold broad beans for Rs. 25 a kg now. It was priced at Rs. 60 a kg last month.

Brinjals are now available for Rs. 8-Rs. 10 a kg. The price of cabbage has also fallen by half compared to Rs. 40 a kg last month.

The cost of onions however, is bound to go up as the number of cultivators has decreased.

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