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Light to moderate rainfall to continue till tomorrow

Clement weather interspersed with light rains are here to stay for two days in Chennai. The prevailing weather system will ensure rainfall over the northern parts of the State till Friday, note meteorologists.

Wednesday’s weather turned out to be one usually experienced in hill stations with the day temperature plunging to 27.7 degree Celsius in Nungambakkam and 27.6 degree Celsius in Meenambakkam. This is nearly 7 degree Celsius lower than the normal temperature for the day.

For the third day in a row, Chennai received 2cm of rainfall in the past 24 hours ending 8.30 a.m. on Wednesday. Pallipattu in Tiruvallur district, Mamallapuram and Kancheepuram recorded 5cm rain during the same period.

With the low pressure area over east-central Bay of Bengal likely to intensify into a deep depression by Thursday morning, a few places in northern parts of the State, including Chennai, will experience light to moderate rains till Friday. However, this system may not have much impact on the State, said S.Balachandran, Deputy Director General of Meteorology, Chennai.

As strong winds with a speed gushing up to 75km per hour are expected to blow along and off the shore, the IMD has warned fishermen against venturing into the sea till Friday. Rough sea conditions will prevail and fishermen have been asked to avoid Andaman sea, South and Central Bay of Bengal and Andhra Pradesh coast till Friday.

Chennaiites may enjoy overcast skies and a few spells of moderate rains till Friday. The day temperature predicted to be around 32 degree Celsius for two days comes as another good news for residents who were reeling under sweltering heat.

On the likelihood of deep depression over the Bay of Bengal, Mr.Balachandran said: “It is not uncommon for such weather systems to form during September even though it is the fag end of the Southwest monsoon.”

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