Abnormally hot afternoons to persist over South Tamil Nadu

Hot afternoons continue to persist over most parts of Tamil Nadu with temperatures showing a slight increase yesterday compared to Wednesday.  Madurai city observatory recorded 40°C while according to Media reports Erode apparently recorded 41°C.  Chennai Nungambakkam recorded its hottest day of 2018 yesterday with temperatures touching 35.6°C.  Similarly places like Nagappattinam also recorded their hottest days of the year yesterday.

Most of Tamil Nadu except for the areas about 20 -40 kms from the coast will see afternoon temperatures hitting 38°C today as well.  The places to the South of Madurai along the NH7 around Virudhunagar & Kovilpatti is likely to see the hottest conditions in South Tamil Nadu while around Central TN & West TN parts of Karur, Tiruchirappalli, Namakkal & Erode districts also could see afternoon temperature hit 40°C in a few places.

Models indicate these areas are likely to see nearly 4 degrees above normal temperatures during the afternoon while most of Tamil Nadu is likely to see temperatures that are couple of degrees above normal for this time of the year.  The borders abutting Karnataka & South AP possibly will see near normal temperatures along with places near the Western Ghats of Coimbatore District.

Interior parts of Peninsular India will see thunderstorm activity today as well with places around Bengaluru / Kolar / Chittoor seeing isolated heavy thunderstorms & possible hailstorms scenario.  One or two places in west Interior TN also could see thunderstorm activity along the Western Ghats.