Moderate Rains to Drench Tamil Nadu from February 10-12; Madurai, Karaikal, Coimbatore, Theni Districts on Yellow Watch10th February 2022
Wednesday, February 9: Following a brief break, wet weather will once again visit parts of Tamil Nadu this week, as light to moderate rains have been forecast over the South Indian state from Thursday to Saturday, February 10-12.
As per The Weather Channel’s met team, a trough will be the cause of isolated rainfall over the southern parts of India from Thursday onwards, and most of it will be restricted to Tamil Nadu.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) adds that the rainfall, along with lightning and thunderstorms, will mainly be focused over the state’s delta and southern districts during the latter half of this week. Some areas located in its Western Ghat districts may also witness similar conditions on Saturday, February 12.
Accordingly, the IMD’s regional met centre in Chennai has predicted light to moderate showers over the north-coastal districts of Cuddalore, Mayiladuthurai, Nagapattinam, Karaikal, Tiruvarur, Thanjavur and Pudukkottai on Thursday and Friday.
Furthermore, the coastal as well as interior districts in the southern half of the state, viz. Madurai, Theni, Dindigul, Virudhunagar, Sivaganga, Tenkasi, Ramanathapuram, Toothukudi, Tirunelveli and Kanyakumari will all witness light to moderate rains from Thursday to Saturday.
The north-interior districts of Nilgiris, Coimbatore and Tiruppur will enter the fray and also experience similar conditions on Saturday.
In view of the rain and thunderstorm predictions, all the aforementioned districts will be placed under a yellow watch. The advisory urges residents to ‘be aware’ of their local weather situation.
Chennai, the state capital, will be in for dry weather in this forecast period. It will experience partly cloudy skies, along with mist or haze during the early morning hours till Thursday.
As for the mercury levels, on Tuesday, both the Nungambakkam and Meenambakkam weather stations of the IMD recorded maximum temperatures of 31.1°C and 31°C, respectively — slightly above their individual long-term average temperatures for this time of the year.
In fact, S. Balachandran, the Deputy Director-General of the IMD, said in a statement that the prevalence of southerly rains over the region has kept the weather warmer than usual in February thus far.
However, as per the weather.com meteorologists, the maximum temperatures across Southern India are likely to remain near-normal for the remainder of this week.
Meanwhile, since the beginning of 2022, Tamil Nadu has experienced above-average rainfall as compared to its usual start-of-the-year standards. Between January 1 and February 8, the state has collectively recorded 34.7 mm precipitation — a 92% ‘large excess’ than its long-term average for this period (18.1 mm).