Last week, Chennai received triple the average rainfall in June | Chennai News

CHENNAI: Thunderstorms over the past few days have brought more than three times the average June rainfall to the city. Rainfall may now pause over the next few days as the monsoon has become active during the Western coast, said the meteorologists. But bloggers said there was a chance of rain at the end of this month.
The Nungambakkam weather station has so far recorded about 16cm, nearly 10cm above the month’s average rainfall of 5cm. This was due to rain clouds in inland areas being pushed inshore by westerly winds from the surface to the mid-troposphere, accumulating moisture in its path. It was also because the monsoon had not accelerated on the west coast.
On Saturday, the intensity of the precipitation had diminished as there were lightning strikes in parts of the city in the evening. YMCA Nandanam recorded 1mm and MRC Nagar 0.5mm till 7.30pm
During the 48 hours, EMD predicted light to moderate rain over some areas. Temperatures can be around a maximum of 36C and a minimum of 27C. “There is a change in the westerly wind speeds,” an IMD official said. Meteorologists said westerly winds have strengthened and the southwest monsoon is active on the west coast. This will reduce the chance of precipitation in the city.
Bloggers said the rain could return. “The monsoon will be active over the next few days. Models show chances of precipitation by June 29-30 in the city,” said blogger Pradeep John.