Monday, December 19: As the Northeast Monsoon season draws to a close, one weather system after another has made it its mission to ensure that Tamil Nadu is not ripped out of its rainy embrace. After the impact of Cyclone Mandous two weeks ago, another low pressure system is threatening to bring heavy rains again in the southern state this week.
According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), a low pressure area is currently present over the central South Bay of Bengal and adjacent equatorial Indian Ocean, over the associated cyclonic circulation. From here, it is likely to move west-northwestward towards Sri Lanka in the next two days, causing heavy rains in Tamil Nadu and neighboring states.
As a result of this system, heavy rains (64.5 mm-115.5 mm) may hit coastal parts of Tamil Nadu from Friday (December 23).
Consequently, the IMD has placed Tamil Nadu and Puducherry a yellow watch (Meaning to be updated about the weather) on Thursday and Friday.
Specifically, the districts of Cuddalore, Nagapattinam, Thiruvarur, Karaikal, Thanjavur, Pudukottai, Ramanathapuram and Thoothukudi will be on alert on Thursday, sharing the alerts of Cuddalore, Nagapattinam, Thiruvarur, Karaikal, Thanjavur, Pudukottai, Ramanathapurtuam and Chen, Villugal, Ramanathapuru. on friday
In addition, Chennai and Coimbatore will experience thunderstorms with rain from Tuesday to Friday (Dec 20-23) followed by generally cloudy skies with a chance of showers or thunderstorms over the weekend (Dec 24-25).
Meanwhile, every weather system so far has done an excellent job of ensuring the south coast state meets and exceeds its monthly rainfall quota. Between December 1 and 18, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry recorded 80 mm of rainfall, compared to the normal 65 mm, which was 23% excess.
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