Staff Reporter

CHENNAI: Overcast sky and light showers on Wednesday made for a pleasant day in the city. Chennai is expected to receive more rain in the next two days as the low pressure area lies over Gulf of Mannar and neighbourhood.

Officials of the Meteorological Department said a trough from this existing system extends up to west central bay off the Tamil Nadu coast and would hence bring rain to the city and suburbs. On Wednesday, the observatories in Nungambakkam and Meenambakkam received only a trace of rainfall.

The maximum temperature recorded in the city observatory was 28.7 degree Celsius at Nungambakkam and 28.5 degree Celsius at Meenambakkam. The department forecasts one or two spells of shower or thundershower in some areas till Friday.

Heavy showers in the catchment areas of the city reservoirs contributed to an additional storage of about 300 million cubic feet, which is equal to ten days of city supply. While the waterbody at Poondi received 87 mm of rainfall, those at Chembarambakkam and Red Hills recorded 96 mm and 75 mm respectively till 6 a.m. on Wednesday. The Cholavaram reservoir recorded 68 mm during the same period.

A Chennai Metrowater official said that as the Poondi reservoir has reached almost its full capacity, about 800 cubic feet per second of water is being discharged to waterbodies in Red Hills and Chembarambakkam from Wednesday. This is a measure to transfer resource without loss due to evaporation or seepage.

Moreover, heavy showers in the catchment area of Veeranam tank, which contributes to city supply, have also led to increase in storage level, the official added.

Holiday declared

Kancheepuram Staff Reporter writes:

The district administration has declared a holiday for schools in Kancheepuram district on Thursday in view of the inclement weather.

The Collector, Santosh K. Misra, announced that schools would remain closed owing to heavy downpour recorded in several parts in the district and the date of compensatory working day would be announced later.