The onset of the northeast monsoon has brought heavy rainfall to Tamil Nadu, leading to significant weather warnings in the region. The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued an ‘orange alert’ for adverse weather conditions in Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Here’s what you need to know about the ongoing weather situation.
Tamil Nadu Experiences Heavy Rainfall:
Tamil Nadu has been experiencing heavy to very heavy rainfall, intensifying due to the northeast monsoon. Several districts in the southern part of the state have been affected by these downpours. The IMD’s ‘orange alert’ signifies that caution is needed as adverse weather conditions may persist.
Kerala on High Alert:
Kerala is also facing the impact of the northeast monsoon, with the IMD issuing an ‘orange alert’ for specific areas. This alert indicates the possibility of very heavy rainfall in three districts: Pathanamthitta, Idukki, and Ernakulam.
Extended Rainfall Forecast:
The IMD has predicted that the southern part of India will witness light to moderate fairly widespread heavy rain over the next seven days. This forecast covers Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Karaikal, and southern Karnataka. The rainy spell is expected to continue until November 6, starting from Saturday.
Schools Temporarily Closed:
Due to the adverse weather forecast on November 4 and 5, schools in nine Tamil Nadu districts have been temporarily shut. These districts include Chennai, Kanyakumari, Tenkasi, Theni, Madurai, Tirunelveli, Dindigul, Sivagangai, and Nellai. The decision to close schools is aimed at ensuring the safety of students during the challenging weather conditions.
Localized Heavy Rainfall Predicted:
The Chennai Regional Meteorology Department anticipates heavy rainfall in isolated locations within several districts in the coming three days. These districts include Kanyakumari, Tirunelveli, Tenkasi, Theni, Dindigul, Virudhunagar, Madurai, Sivaganga, Pudukkottai, Tiruppur, Coimbatore, Nilgiris, Erode, Krishnagiri, Dharmapuri, Thoothukudi, and Ramanathapuram.
Rainfall Updates for Kerala:
In Kerala, the IMD has issued rainfall warnings for various districts. A ‘yellow alert’ is in effect for Saturday in districts Alappuzha, Kottayam, Ernakulam, Thrissur, Palakkad, Malappuram, Kozhikode, Wayanad, and Kannur.
For Sunday, a ‘yellow alert’ is issued in seven Kerala districts: Alappuzha, Kottayam, Thrissur, Malappuram, Wayanad, Kannur, and Kasargod.
The weather department further predicts the possibility of heavy rain at isolated locations in Kerala from November 4 to 8, with very heavy rain at isolated places on Saturday and Sunday.