Conditions more favourable for northeast monsoon to break

Chennai: At a time when residents are anticipating the onset of northeast monsoon rains for the past 10 days, yesterday night’s showers which continued on till the wee hours of today morning has revived hopes as people woke up to a pleasant morning.

With just days remaining for the festival of lights, Deepavali, Met office sources said the wet spell was expected to be heavy from tomorrow as the conditions have become more favourable for the commencement of Northeast monsoon rains over Tamilnadu and Puducherry.

The trough of low at mean sea level from Southwest Bay of Bengal to north Bay of Bengal persists. Besides, the cyclonic circulation over southwest Bay of Bengal and adjoining Sri Lanka embedded in the above trough of low persists and another cyclonic circulation over the westcentral and adjoining areas of northwest Bay of Bengal and North Andhra Pradesh and South Odisha coasts was expected to intensify in a low pressure that would usher in monsoon rains.

The met office has forecast heavy to very heavy rain very at isolated places over Tamilnadu and Puducherry and heavy at isolated places over Kerala and South-interior Karnataka from tomorrow. Fishermen were advised not to venture into the sea as strong north-easterly winds, gusting up to 50 km per hour, was ikely over the north Tamilnadu and Puducherry coasts.

As far as Chennai was concerned, the sky would continue to remain overcast with light rain for the next 24 hours, which would increasingly widespread from tomorrow.

After a pleasant morning yesterday, the sun played hide and seek as dark clouds hovered on the horizon, that ensured short spells of rain accompanied by gusty winds.

It was slightly heavy in one or two places and ensured that the climate remained pleasant right through the day and also this morning.

NT Bureau