South Tamil Nadu and South Kerala has been put under the watch for the development of a significant tropical system on the back of a Depression which is currently seen persisting close to Sri Lankan waters. It is expected to intensify one round further to a Deep Depression today as it tracks west northwestwards into the Comorin area. What it means is, the system will come perilously close to Indian territory and skirt along the southern tip of the state and neighbouring Kerala.
Area of significant impact will be Kanyakumari, Thiruvananthapuram, Tuticorin and Tirunelveli districts. Gale force winds in the order of 45-55kmph is expected to pick up all along the aforementioned areas by today morning and expected to remain so until night. Fishermen are advised not to venture into the sea. Heavy rains are forecast for South Tamil Nadu, South Kerala and moderate rains will lash parts of Central and North Tamil Nadu. Windy conditions are expected to prevail all along Tamil Nadu. Model consensus shows that this system will intensify to a cyclonic storm just off Kerala coasts and move away from Indian coast in a day or two.
Chennai – Pleasant, cloudy with plenty of showers expected at different times. Max will settle at a comfy 27/28C
Vellore – Cool and gloomy with chance of few showers across. Daytime highs will be much lesser at 25/26C
Trichy – Wet, breezy and cool weather to prevail as max will touch 25/26C. Numerous showers possible at various times.
Madurai – Overcast, cool and breezy with highs of 24/25C. Moderate rains will occur throughout the day.
Coimbatore – Pleasant and cloudy with chance of showers in parts of the city. Max will remain close to 27/28C.
NEM Facts & Figures # 37
The most intense cyclone ever to roam the North Indian ocean Basin happens to be the Super Cyclone of Odisha in 1999. It had a pressure of 912 mb, made landfall near Bhubaneshwar on 29th October, 1999 with wind speeds reaching over 260 km/hr