Heavy rainfall is likely to occur in several places in Tamil Nadu starting October 29 with the north-east monsoon expected to set in the next day, the Met department said on Thursday. Conditions were favourable for the withdrawal of south-west monsoon following settling in of north-easterlies along the east Coast.”Commencement of north-east monsoon rains over the southern parts of peninsular India is likely around October 30,” India Meteorological Department said in a bulletin.
It forecast heavy rainfall at isolated places over north coastal Tamil Nadu on Saturday and said heavy rainfall at isolated places was ‘very likely’ over the state on October 30, the day north-east monsoon is expected to set in, indicating a wet Deepavali. IMD also forecast isolated heavy rainfall over Tamil Nadu, south interior Karnataka and Kerala on October 31.
North-east monsoon brings the bulk of annual rainfall to Tamil Nadu besides other southern states. Last year, the north-east monsoon had wreaked havoc in Tamil Nadu, with a record downpour in December 2015, resulting in deluge in the four northern districts of Tamil Nadu — Chennai, Tiruvallur, Cuddalore and Kancheepuram.