The summer heat in Chennai shows no signs of relenting as temperatures have consistently reached a scorching 40°C over the past few days. Unfortunately, residents can expect no respite from the blazing heat in the coming week, according to the forecast by the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD). The IMD predicts that the mercury will continue to soar, with temperatures expected to remain at or above 40°C until May 19.
On Tuesday, parts of Tamil Nadu, including Chennai, experienced maximum temperatures that were 2 to 3°C above normal. Nungambakkam and Meenambakkam in Chennai recorded a scorching 40.8°C. The plains of north Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, and Karaikal areas witnessed temperatures ranging from 35°C to 41.5°C, while south Tamil Nadu recorded temperatures between 33°C and 40°C. The hilly areas saw comparatively lower temperatures ranging from 25°C to 29°C. Vellore reported the highest maximum temperature at 41.5°C, exceeding the normal by 2.1°C.
As Chennai continues to battle the intense summer heat, residents are advised to take necessary precautions, stay hydrated, and avoid outdoor activities during peak hours to ensure their well-being in these soaring temperatures.