NE Monsoon active over TN, many areas receive rainfall

The much-expected but delayed North East monsoon remained active in Tamil Nadu with many areas receiving rainfall.

Last Updated: Oct 30, 2010, 15:44 PM IST

Chennai: The much-expected but delayed North East monsoon remained active in Tamil Nadu with many areas receiving rainfall.

Chennai and its suburbs received overnight showers. A trough of low pressure over Bay of Bengal has brought rains, with Ramanathapuram receiving a maximum of 11 cm of rainfall, Regional Meteorolgical Centre Director Dr S R Ramanan told a news agency.

Heavy to very heavy rainfall was expected in coastal and interior areas of the state in the next 24 hours, he added.

The weather office forecast generally cloudy skies with a few spells of rain or thundershowers in some areas in Chennai.

The much-awaited North East monsoon, which brings the bulk of rainfall to Tamil Nadu and supports the main cultivation season of Rabi, had set over South India yesterday with a trough of low pressure over Bay of Bengal.

The monsoon had arrived late by nine days, as against the normal onset of October 20 and is expected to stay till December.

A normal monsoon is expected with an average rainfall of 43 cm, according to the Weather office.

PTI