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Sharp showers take city by surprise

Special Correspondent

It was accompanied by strong winds, lightning and thunder

— Photo: K. Pichumani

Welcome relief: The sudden rain brought the temperature down after a hot day on Friday.

CHENNAI/TAMBARAM: Several parts of the city were pleasantly surprised by a brief spell of sharp showers on Friday evening.

In the southern suburbs there were mild showers, accompanied by heavy thunder and lightning. An hour after dark, clouds gathered over Guduvanchery, Urapakkam, Maraimalai Nagar and other areas and the shower came down at around 8.30 p.m.

Though mild, it was enough to take two-wheeler riders by surprise, who had to scamper for shelter for a brief while. However, the rain lasted longer in places beyond the southern suburbs such as Maraimalai Nagar and Singaperumal Koil near Chengalpattu.

Among the other areas, Anna Salai, Thoraipakkam, Sholinganallur, Anna Nagar, Red Hills, Kolathur, Perambur and Ambattur received a heavy downpour for half-an-hour to an hour and left street corners with sheets of water. The Ambattur Industrial Estate Road is one of the roads, which were affected badly and traffic snarls was witnessed for a short period.

Though brief in nature the sudden showers brought smiles to the face of residents, who braved the heat for the past few days.

The observatories at Nungambakkam and Meenambakkam recorded the maximum of 37 degrees Celsius and 38 degrees Celsius respectively on Friday. An official of Regional Meteorological Centre said that the sky would be partly cloudy on Saturday and that there was a possibility of showers or thundershowers in some areas during evening or night. The maximum temperature will be around 38 degree Celsius, he added.

The showers that lasted for a half-an-hour were accompanied by strong winds, lightning and thunder. A few areas of the city, such as Kilpauk, Villivakkam, Kolathur, Erattai Eri suffered power cut due to gusty winds. In southern suburbs, Selaiyur, Madambakkam, Kamarajapuram, west Velachery and Adambakkam too faced a shutdown.

TNEB officials said the power cuts were being attended to.

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