Chennai gets 108 mm rain; wettest day so far for city in Sept.

An uprooted tree on Brethapet Road, Vepery in Chennai on Thursday, September 19 2019   | Photo Credit: B. Jothi Ramalingam

The city experienced its wettest day of the year yet on Thursday as thundershowers lashed several parts.

The weather station in Nungambakkam recorded 108 mm of rainfall during the past 24 hours ending 8.30 a.m. on Thursday. This is the highest volume of rainfall received in a single day during September over the past decade.

Chennai had earlier recorded 88 mm of rainfall on September 11, 2013.

An upper air circulation off south Andhra Pradesh coast aided widespread thunderstorm activity across Chennai and its neighbouring districts.

Heavy rains lashed several areas since early hours of Thursday, leading to waterlogging.

The rain gauge in Anna University showed 63 mm of rainfall. Many places in Tiruvallur district also recorded heavy rain. Tiruvallur recorded a high of 216 mm of rainfall during the past 24 hours. The city reservoirs — Cholavaram (135 mm) and Red Hills (96 mm) – too recorded heavy downpours. However, it is yet to translate into inflow into lakes. “The lakes are receiving minimal inflow now and we need more rainy days for rise in storage,” said an official of the Water Resources Department.

Meanwhile, the Meteorological Department forecast that the same weather trend may continue till Friday.

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