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Chennai dwellers feel the heat as mercury crosses 40°C mark | Chennai News – Times of India


CHENNAI: A day after the city saw a slight dip in maximum temperatures, both the major weather stations in the city breached 40C mark on Saturday with Nungambakkam touching 40C and Meenambakkam 40.1C due to winds from the southwest and delay entry of sea breeze.
While it was the third time Nungambakkam crossed the mark this month, Meenambakkam, which covers a part of the southern suburbs, recorded for the first time this month.
Weathermen have forecast day temperatures to continue to hover at 40C at least for the next two days.
An IMD official said, “The city and the suburbs may experience a maximum and minimum temperature of around 40C and 29C for the next 48 hours.”
The agency also issued a warning that maximum temperature is likely to rise by 2C-3C over Chennai and its three neighbouring districts Kancheepuram, Tiruvallur and Chengelpet as well as some parts of north and interior Tamil Nadu.
Saturday’s temperatures were 2.2C and 1.2C above normal in the city stations with humidity touching 57% and 55%.
“There is a persistent flow of wind from the southwest that moves in from Arabian Sea, which means they carry moisture. Sea breeze entered in the afternoon leaving the rest of the day sweaty and uncomfortable,” an official said.
Day temperatures, which had been largely below the average of 37.1C for most part of May considered peak summer, crossed 40C on April 26 and 27 after cyclone Yaas moved north bringing dry northwesterly winds from the land.
On Friday, there was a slight drop in temperature with Nungambakkam recording 39.3C.
Weather bloggers said temperature may hover around 37C in the coming days though that may also cause sweating and discomfort indoors.

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