The Meteorological department on Thursday announced the onset of the northeast monsoon with most places of the coastal belt of the State receiving rainfall.

According to a bulletin of the department, Kollidam (Nagapattinam district) recorded a heavy rainfall of 7 cm during the 24-hour-period that ended at 8.30 a.m. on Thursday.

Chengalpattu (Kancheepuram) and Gingee (Villupuram) registered 6 cm each; Sriperumpudur (Kancheepuram), Cuddalore, Puducherry airport, Tiruvarur and Sirkali (Nagapattinam) 5 cm each, and Chennai, Uthiramerur (Kancheepuram), Cholavaram, Chembarampakkam and Tamaraipakkam (all Thiruvallur district), Chidambaram (Cuddalore), Vanur (Villupuram), Muthupet (Thiruvarur), Ramanathapuram, Sathankulam (Tuticorin), Sathanur dam (Tiruvannamalai) and Kodaikanal, 4 cm each.

The bulletin stated that many places of the coastal belt of the State and Puducherry would receive rain or thundershowers on Friday and Saturday.