Staff Reporter

Temperature is expected to decrease to 31 degree Celsius

CHENNAI: The city may stay cool on Thursday as it is likely to experience rain or thundershowers and a fall in daytime temperatures till Friday.

A Meteorological Department official said a trough of low pressure extending from the Gulf of Mannar to West Central Bay of coastal Tamil Nadu and south coast of Andhra Pradesh caused the rainfall since Tuesday night.

While the observatory of the department in Nungambakkam recorded 1.2 cm of rainfall, the one at Meenambakkam received 8.4 mm of rainfall till 8.30 a.m. on Wednesday. The city experienced such occasional rainfall during March, the official added. The rain had also contributed to the drop in the day’s temperature by one degree Celsius from Tuesday’s maximum temperature of 33 degree Celsius. The day temperature is expected to further decrease to 31 degree Celsius on Thursday, he added.

The city reservoirs also recorded considerable rainfall on Wednesday. The reservoir at Cholavaram recorded 5 cm of rainfall followed by the one at Red Hills with 3.4 cm. The reservoirs at Poondi and Chembarambakkam received 2 cm and 1.5 cm of rainfall respectively.

On the day temperature hovering above normal temperature in the first week of March, the director of Area Cyclone Warning Centre of Meteorological Department S. R. Ramanan said the day’s maximum temperature going above the normal of 31 degree Celsius by one or two degrees was considered as within the normal range.

Last year, the highest maximum temperature recorded during March was 35.2 degree Celsius.