CHENNAI: The Regional Meteorological Centre, Chennai, on Tuesday forecast more rainfall across coastal districts of Tamil Nadu following the formation of a new weather system over the Bay of Bengal.
The new system is likely to bring good rainfall in coastal districts, including Chennai. The department has forecast heavy to very heavy rainfall in several districts for the next three days.
“A trough has formed over the Bay of Bengal and this will bring more rain, mostly to coastal districts. The next three days will be wet in most of the districts,” said an IMD official.
On Monday, the department sounded a red alert in western districts of the state in the wake of the formation a system in the Arabian Sea.
Schools in Ramanathapuram, the Nilgiris and Salem districts were closed due to heavy rain. In Chennai, collector R Seethalakshmi announced that all schools and colleges in the district would function as usual.
In the last 24 hours ending at 8.30am on Tuesday, Pamban in Ramanathapuram district recorded the maximum rainfall of 113.4mm followed by Dharmapuri with 55mm and Adiramapattinam in Thanjavur district with 44.9mm.
Chennai city recorded 25.7mm and Chennai airport recorded 17.6mm.
Overnight rain and waterlogging affected vehicular movement on several roads in Chennai. Many people preferred to take their wards in cars instead of on two-wheelers, which also added to the traffic pileup.