Heat in Chennai mild compared to other cities


Cool easterlies have helped coastal areas

March is here and Chennaiites are slowly feeling the heat. But Chennai is better placed and continues to enjoy a mild weather when compared to other parts of the State and even cities in neighbouring States.

On Friday, the weather stations in Nungambakkam and Meenambakkam recorded 33.5 degree Celsius and 35.2 degree Celsius, two or three degree Celsius above normal for the season. Officials of the Meteorological department said the day temperature, which was below 30 degree Celsius on many days till February 22, has been steadily rising due to dry weather.

S.B. Thampi, Deputy Director General of Meteorology, Regional Meteorological Centre, said cool easterlies had kept the heat at bay in coastal places such as Chennai, Cuddalore and Nagapattinam. This trend may continue till mid-April when the hot westerlies will begin to prevail. As dry weather prevailed over other parts of the State, summer seemed to have arrived early in places like Madurai and Tiruttani where the maximum temperature rose up to 37 degree Celsius. Moisture content is less as wind reaches the interior places, officials said. Nights are also becoming relatively warmer in Chennai as the minimum temperature is around 23 degree Celsius due to high humidity.

Other cities

Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Kochi too are experiencing searing heat. This could be because the easterlies lose cooling effect by the time they reach places like Hyderabad and Bengaluru. On Friday, Bengaluru experienced 33.2 degree Celsius, Hyderabad 36.3 degree Celsius and Kochi 33 degree Celsius, weather bloggers said.

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