Monsoon arrives, bringing cheer

Full flow:The Old Courtallam falls in Tirunelveli witnessed heavy flood on Wednesday following incessant rain in the Western Ghats.— Photo: A. Shaikmohideen  

After delay of over a week, southwest monsoon arrived in Tamil Nadu on Wednesday and southern parts of the State are likely to receive thundershowers till Friday.

With the strengthening of westerly winds, several parts of southern Tamil Nadu and Kerala received heavy rain on Tuesday night. The monsoon arrival has brought in much cheer among people who were reeling under the scorching heat.

9 cm rain in Pechiparai

Several parts of Kanniakumari and Krishnagiri districts received heavy rain and Pechiparai recorded the highest of 9 cm of rainfall till Wednesday morning. Chennai recorded 5 cm and Periyar dam in Theni district and Papanasam in Tirunelveli district registered 3 cm of rain till 8.30 a.m. on Wednesday.

However, other parts of the State received only scattered and mild showers on Wednesday.

While Chennai and its neighbourhood received nearly one cm of rainfall till 8.30 p.m., Madurai, Coimbatore, Mettupalayam, Valparai, Theni and Dindigul received mild showers.

Residents enjoyed a pleasant day with overcast sky providing the much-need shield from the scorching sun. Mercury level dropped in places like Coimbatore, Madurai and Chennai. Tourists were not allowed near the Courtallam water falls owing to heavy flow. Places like Rameswaram experienced gusty wind.

The Meteorological Department has predicted that some parts of the State, including Chennai, may enjoy pleasant weather till Friday.

S. Balachandran, Director, Area Cyclone Warning Centre, Chennai, said places such as Coimbatore, Thoothukudi, Tirunelveli, Kanniakumari, Salem and Dharmapuri might receive moderate rainfall on Thursday.

“While the monsoon will continue to spread over Kerala, some parts of Tamil Nadu are also likely to get some showers. Chennai will continue to experience a dip in daytime temperature of around 34 degree Celsius and receive thunder showers in the evening till Friday,” he said.

Hailstorm at Marina

People who visited the Marina Beach in Chennai were in for a surprise as some of them witnessed hailstorm along with heavy showers.

Some of them also shared photographs on the social media.

Weather blogger Pradeep John has said that hailstorm during June is a rare phenomenon.

“This occurred because intense thunderstorm current met sea breeze. We usually experience hailstorm during September in Chennai and it hits the interior parts often. This is second consecutive year that Chennai is witnessing hailstorm in June. Last year, parts of Mugalivakkam experienced hailstorm on June 28,” he said.

(With additional inputs from by L. Srikrishna, Karthik Madhavan and K.Lakshmi)

Chennai and its neighbourhood received nearly one cm of rainfall

till 8.30 p.m.

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