The city’s tryst with the nippy weather seems to have taken a hiatus with the day temperature hovering above normal for the past two days. Residents have been experiencing relatively warm weather since the New Year.
On Thursday, Nungambakkam and Meenambakkam recorded 30.2 degree Celsius and 31.3 degree Celsius, which is two degrees above the average temperature. Nights too, are warmer as the minimum temperature has shot up by a degree more than the average of 20 degree Celsius.
Officials of the Meteorological department said the absence of northerly winds, associated with cold weather conditions, and a clear sky had resulted in warmer days. However, some moisture content is still prevalent in the upper air. This is why the night temperature has not dropped. The minimum temperature of nearly 22 degree Celsius in Nungambakkam and Meenambakkam has kept the nights warmer.
The department is expecting the State to experience one more spell of rain before the northeast monsoon withdraws. “We are monitoring the cloud development and there may be rains from next week and may extend until January 11,” said an official.
Chennai will continue to experience warm weather with the department forecasting that maximum and minimum temperature will be 30 and 22 degree Celsius till Saturday.