On Saturday, temperature dipped to nearly three degrees less than the average for the month

Thunderstorms may hit the city in the next two days bringing some much-needed relief to residents reeling under a long summer.

The onset of the southwest monsoon has already had an impact on temperatures, which on Saturday, dipped to nearly three degrees less than the average for the month.

Nungambakkam and Meenambakkam recorded 35.3 degree Celsius and 34.8 degree Celsius respectively and skies were overcast for most part of the day.

Many weather stations in the State, including some in Tiruvallur district, received rainfall on Saturday, marking the onset of the monsoon. The volume of rain was six times more than the usual 2 mm received on a single day in June. Officials of the meteorological department described it as a good start to the season.

Reservoirs in Chembarambakkam and Red Hills, which cater to city’s drinking water needs, also received nearly 1 cm of rain. However, the city is yet to receive any showers.

The cool weather may continue for some more days. However, it is possible that the temperature may soar again. Last year, the mercury level rose to 42.4 degree Celsius on June 3.

The department forecasts that the maximum temperature will be 36 degree Celsius till Monday. Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur districts will get some showers.

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