‘asani’ Brings Respite From Heat, But Weather Bloggers Say Not For Long | Chennai News


CHENNAI: The severe cyclonic storm ‘Asani’, that is barrelling across the Bay of Bengal may not directly bring any rain to the city but has offered respite from the searing summer heat. On Monday, the thick band of clouds led to an overcast weather condition and a dip in day temperatures in the city and suburbs.
While the IMD has forecast cloudy weather conditions to continue at least for the next 48 hours, bloggers said maximum temperature in the city could touch 40 deg C later this week after the cyclone makes a landfall.
On Monday, residents woke up to a pleasant weather, which continued throughout the day. The maximum temperature, which was inching closer to 40 deg C till last week, was at 33.6 deg C in Nungambakkam and 34.3 deg C in Meenambakkam.
It was 2.4deg C and 3deg C below normal.
Motorists crossing Kamarajar Salai watched rough waves crash into the coast. IMD had forecase thunderstorms over some parts of the city and neighbouring districts, but the day remained largely dry.
For the next 48 hours, IMD has forecast thunderstorms with light to moderate rain over some parts of the city with cloudy sky. The maximum and minimum temperatures are likely to be around 35 deg C and 28 deg C. “Even if it rains, it may be very localised,” a meteorologist said.
Blogger Pradeep John said Monday’s overcast weather was mainly due to the outer bands of the storm which were high clouds that normally do not bring rainfall. The rain bearing clouds were away from the city.
“After the storm makes a landfall, by mid-May temperatures may rise and Chennai may even record 40 deg C which may continue for at least two weeks as another system is likely to form near Myanmar around May 18 and 19, which will bring us strong hot and dry northwesterly- westerlies winds.
This will keep the temperatures up,” he said.