Bringing relief to the parched city, rains lashed Chennai and adjoining areas on the intervening night of Wednesday and Thursday.
Chennai received 104 mm of rainfall in the 24 hours ending 8.30 am Thursday.
The Regional Meteorological Centre had forecast rain or thundershowers in the city on Wednesday evening and a cloudy day today, with chances of light rains in some parts. The minimum temperature is likely to settle at 25 degrees Celsius, while the maximum will touch 33 degrees Celcius, the local weather agency said.
Its 48-hour forecast on Wednesday read: “The sky condition is likely to be generally cloudy. Light to moderate rain is likely to occur in some areas. Maximum and Minimum temperatures are likely to be around 34 and 25 deg Celsius respectively.”
Read in Tamil: சென்னையில் விடிய விடிய இடியுடன் கொட்டித் தீர்த்த மழை
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) said a low-pressure area was likely to develop in the Bay of Bengal, off the Andhra Pradesh coast, due to a cyclonic circulation and would bring rains to Andhra, Telangana and North Tamil Nadu.
According to private weather blogger Tamil Nadu Weatherman, the city had received its highest rainfall since 2017. He added that Chennai will continue to receive drizzles for a better part of the morning.
#ChennaiRains was among the top India trends this morning as residents woke up to a cool and rainy morning. Several users shared pictures and videos on social media.