Chennai: You might have divined that the monsoon played hookey this year and gave Tamil Nadu a miss, from the extended summer heat that prevailed this June. Despite the last week having cooled off with some cloudy weather and the occasional evening shower, the State has seen a 57 per cent deficit in normal rainfall for the month of June, according to a report from the India Meteorological Department, Ministry of Earth Sciences.
In June, the normal amount of rainfall expected is between 40-42 mm while we have only received about 18.5 mm of rainfall. While the lack of rains for the most part of June drove up the heat and power bills, it may be a while before some rain-driven respite is finally here. According to the patterns forecasted in the report Tamil Nadu may get sporadic rainfall.
“There is still heavy rain in some pockets like Kanyakumari, so we are not unduly worried yet,” said Raj. So when will the next bout of rains be seen in Chennai and Puducherry? “Perhaps towards the end of July or even early August,” said Dr Y E A Raj, DDGM of the Regional Meterological Centre.
This is despite the last week having cooled off with some cloudy weather and the occasional evening shower.