1,059 thoughts on “Chennai under severe heat wave

    • It is like me posting in FB ” Nallakaalm Porukkuthu Chennaikku Nallakaalam Porakuthu” and early morning forecast gives lot of comfort after horrible day and night

    • I wish something happens, even last night temperature was suffocating – and for a person living in first floor life is miserable – and low voltage playing havoc

      • Hi.I too live in first floor at Adam d hot baakam..once in 3 years we paint d roof with cool coat..rs 16/- per sq ft..its a lot better inside..if all persons in a flat do this it will be more effective..even walls can be painted such…

      • Good idea.Pls share more details.is there a particular brand offering this cool coat?

      • If all ppl in the flat agrees v can do that. But there wil always be one or two ppl who wil disagree.

      • Atleast suburbs areas ll be free….think of core city areas… We people are really sufferers…

      • yes core city areas are fully compressed with population,suffocated roads,traffic OMG!!! can’t think of it…

      • yes yes…if compared with this city life those suburbs life are heaven only…

      • Boss.. u live close to the beach. U can always take a walk wenever u want. V r not so lucky..

      • anna, one day you drive vehicle or walk in these suffocated areas if it rains it is advisable not to step out only black water will be there…out side areas are bit hot i understand for compensation you get good rains in SWM…

      • The other best thing to do is pour water in the terrace by late evening. But agn it depends on water availability.

      • Wasting water in this hot summer will be the last thing you want to do

      • Thats the only option left wen ppl dont agree for the heat resistant coating.

      • Ppl wont agree for pouring water too. And first of all you need surplus water supply to carry that out. I bet not many flats in chennai will be having surplus water supply

      • Voltage fluctuation is damaging all the electrical equipments too. For aqua guard we had to change coil every summer as it gets burnt out

  1. The New Indian Express reports -There seems to be no respite from the heat wave in the coming days, as the temperature is forecast to hover over 40 degrees for the next few days.

    It keeps in tone with last year when the weather around this time was about the same at 42 degrees (May 23) which was recorded the hottest day of the year.

      • 1) You are not bad, but the soaring temperatures are bad and you too good in giving solace with your forecast. we only hope we get reprieve from this heat wave and low voltage

      • today morning temperature is not hot like yesterday..its ok..and as PJ said the whole day wont b hot like sday

  2. Low voltage in my house AC not working but also i slept my parents couldn’t sleep
    can some one say weather outlook for chennai today i have a cricket match at 10

  3. The first symptom of possible evening rain or “Big bulb near Chennai” in PJ’s language proving to be true. Lot of Dragonflies(thumbi) in our neighbourhood

  4. As the heat rolls on and no stopping seems to be in sight/sweat, Pj makes his presence felt in Hindu again…cgrts

  5. thanks to heavens, accu, foreca etc predicts temp to reduce from tomorrow, hope and pray it will come true, temp predicted below 40 from tomorrow,

  6. IMD expects temp to reduce gradually and rains to increase over south India. Monsoon onset in kerala likely at this month end.

  7. Can anyone clear my doubt..
    As there is an UAC the ts are forming in sea.so the ts direction should also be from sea to land.am I right?

  8. Congrats PJ for again coming up in Hindu… Its no more surprising nowadays…. There will be surprise only if your name is not mentioned in weather article… Good to see bloggers are mentioned in weather article frequently

  9. Congradulations! Pradeep John! I am sure yours will become the household name in weather circle like Mr.Ramanan. You have shown to the world where passion can take you to!!

  10. http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/chennai/brace-yourself-the-heat-only-gets-worse/article7245084.ece

    Brace yourself, the heat only gets worse

    PJ in Hindu Paper

    The sizzling heat tightened its grip on the city on Monday with the mercury level peaking to 42.2 degree Celsius, the hottest so far this year.

    With the temperature soaring beyond 40 degrees for the fifth day in a row, people who ventured out during the day had to encounter heat wave-like weather conditions quite early and the blistering heat continued well into the evening. While the observatories in Nungambakkam and Meenambakkam recorded 42.2 degree Celsius and 42.4 degree Celsius, the real feel of the temperature for residents was more like 48 degree Celsius.

    Officials of the meteorological department said the sea breeze, which brings in cool air and provides a solace from the searing heat, set in only around 2.30 p.m. in the city and around 4 p.m. in Meenambakkam. By then, the mercury level had peaked beyond 42 degree Celsius and took a while to drop, causing much discomfort to residents.

    While weather blogger Pradeep John cited the low humidity level, which dipped to 30 per cent during the day, leading to the dry heat being felt more in interior areas, another blogger K. Srikanth said the sea breeze was unable to penetrate due to strong westerlies.

    Both the meteorological department and bloggers forecast blazing days ahead with the day temperature set to hover around 42 degree Celsius for the next two days with little chances of showers.

    Y.E.A. Raj, former deputy director general of meteorology, Chennai, noted that later part of the May is usually hotter due to stronger presence of westerly winds. “After 1996, there has been a sudden spike in the number of hot days, which denotes temperatures soaring beyond the 40 degree-mark. This is primarily because of urban heating and increase in vehicle population. After 1996, 12 years have experienced more than 10 hot days both in May and June. In 2003 alone, Chennai experienced 25 hot days in May and June whereas before 1996, the highest number of hot days in a year was only 11,” he said.

    Chennaiites may also have to brace for warmer nights with the minimum temperature predicted to be over 31 degree Celsius.

  11. 24 hours temperature difference is -1.5c… So 40c itself question mark today???? Gradually heat going to reduce in city….expect june to be settle with max 37 and 38

  12. After 1996, 12 years have experienced more than 10 hot days both in May and June. In 2003 alone, Chennai experienced 25 hot days in May and June whereas before 1996, the highest number of hot days in a year was only 11….

    What is the definition of hot days? 40+?

  13. Wat an escape from heat. Sunlight gone missing ,few stratocumulus and patches of cumulus seen northwest,north,northeast ..what a huge relief..

  14. Today is definitely better than yesterday. Yesterday by this time, 38 clocked i think. Can some body compare yesterday and today’s temperature graph.

  15. I would love PJ or any senior blogger coming in tamil news channels and help our poor tv reporters do proper weather reporting.

  16. RaijinWeather..u asked below What is the record of consecutive 40+?
    I hv collected this from kea site..May 2007 has recorded more consecutive 40+.. 5days & 5 days 0f 40c+
    May 2007:
    May 8 : 41.1, 9th:42.8, 10th: 41.1, 11th:41.6, 12th:42.2, 13th : 39.9, 14th: 42.6, 15th:43.0, 16th:41.6, 17th:41.3, 18th: 40.8, 19:39.8, 20th:41.3

  17. Just for Infmn
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    India —Meghalaya, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh. Viewed some of the
    best places like – Chirapunjee / Sohra( The Wettest Place on Planet
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    site) , Nameri Eco Camp , Sela Pass ( Highest Motorable Road in Eastern
    Himalayas at an altitude of 13700 feet) , Tawang ( Kingdom of Heaven ) ,
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    i ask for more…simply out of the world…Facebook has a restriction
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    all… A must place to visit

  18. Congrats PJ & srikanth sir.. NIce to see that most medias & publishers getting attract towards us..its all due to your’s hard work ..

  19. El Niño strengthens

    The El Niño in the tropical Pacific continues to strengthen. International climate models surveyed by the Bureau indicate sea surface temperatures will remain well above El Niño thresholds at least into the southern hemisphere spring.

    Oceanic and atmospheric indictors show a clear El Niño signal. Sea surface temperatures in the tropical Pacific Ocean have exceeded El Niño thresholds for nearly two months, supported by warmer-than-average waters below the surface. Trade winds have remained consistently weaker than average since the start of the year, cloudiness at the Date Line has increased, and the 90-day average Southern Oscillation Index (SOI) is now below –10.

    El Niño is often associated with below-average winter and spring rainfall over eastern Australia, and above-average daytime temperatures over the southern half of the country. However, the strength of El Niño doesn’t directly relate to the strength of its effects on Australia’s climate.

    The Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD) is currently neutral, with the majority of the Indian Ocean being warmer that average. Of the five international models that monitor the IOD, three suggest a positive IOD event is likely later in 2015. A positive IOD is typically associated with reduced winter and spring rainfall over parts of southern and central Australia.

  20. Latest from ENSO Wrap UP.

    Observation and Bullet Points from their Forecasts.
    1. Eastern Equatorial Pacific consistently recording more than 1C above normal temp
    for the past 4 weeks, this is like 1997 ELNINO conditions which is repeated.

    2. Trade winds considerably weakened over West Pacific, westerly anomalies see increasing.

    3. SOI falling rapidly fell below -17, falling below -8 is the indication of ELNINO.

    4. Water in the top 75 m of the far eastern Pacific is more than 5 °C warmer than average.

    5. Cloudiness near the Date Line is consistently increasing for the past 4 weeks.

    NINO 3 – 1.3C, increased in the past 2 weeks.
    NINO 3.4 – 1.1, increased in the past 2 weeks.
    NINO 4 – 1.1 constant.

    Forecast:
    1. ENSO might peak to 2C above normal by July itself, as many models suggesting the peaking around September.

    2. IOD likely to become Positive in June.

    To Summarize:

    Historical Strong or Super ELNINO likely by July/August. Since IOD likely to become positive by June and it is expected to become Neutral in July and once again becoming Positive by September.

    SWM might not get hampered, even though there is inconsistency of Positive IOD until September. SWM performance will be based on May and June Positive IOD values, which can take the precipitation to normal category even though IOD becomes Neutral in July/August.

    http://www.bom.gov.au/climate/enso/#tabs=Overview

  21. Dragon flies effect and PJ Big Bulb are showing – and can be sure that the temperature may not touch 40 today

  22. Heat waves in India are more deadly than you think ‒ and they are likely to get deadlier
    “The heat waves are projected to be more intense, have longer durations and occur at a higher frequency and earlier in the year,” said a research paper published in April 2015. The paper projects future heat waves in India based on multiple climate models. It finds that large parts of southern India and the East and West coasts, which are presently unaffected by severe heat waves, could be severely affected after 2070. This could lead to increased mortality.

    http://scroll.in/article/729708/heat-waves-in-india-are-more-deadly-than-you-think-%E2%80%92-and-they-are-likely-to-get-deadlier

      • “After 1996, there has been a sudden spike in the number of hot days, which denotes temperatures soaring beyond the 40 degree-mark

        the above word is 100 % true, earlier even in May witnessed 100+ in some occasions only, but now a days we are witnessing 100 + very often and more

  23. Humidity – 41%
    Trend(Last 5 Minute) : 0%/hr
    Max.(Since 8:30AM) : 60%
    Min.(Since 8:30AM) : 40%

    Temperature 36.8°C
    Trend(Last 5 Minute) : 3.6°C/hr
    Max.(Since 8:30AM) : 36.9°C
    Min.(Since 8:30AM) : 32.9°C

  24. Hallow space inside the pot allow for air to get cool which reflect in cooling of the premises

    Recall our old panthal in terrace those homes were cool only

  25. Yesterday’s non imd stations temperatures published in eenadu

    Rajahmundry 48 degrees
    Tadepalligudem 48 degrees

      • I think chennai has to wait for another two more days to conclude whether we are gonna experience rains or not

      • if it rains ? it has to brief or I will elevate more humidity along with heat and make things worst..

  26. This is what I meant by urbanization leading to higher temps –

    “Y.E.A. Raj, former deputy director general of meteorology, Chennai, noted that later part of the May is usually hotter due to stronger presence of westerly winds. “After 1996, there has been a sudden spike in the number of hot days, which denotes temperatures soaring beyond the 40 degree-mark. This is primarily because of urban heating and increase in vehicle population. After 1996, 12 years have experienced more than 10 hot days both in May and June. In 2003 alone, Chennai experienced 25 hot days in May and June whereas before 1996, the highest number of hot days in a year was only 11,” he said.”

  27. one observation i made today lot of drogon flies i saw…is tha an indication of upcoming TS evening r night

  28. now we know the system we had last week till tuesday was a blessing in disguise and stopped us from receiving this killer heat wave early….

  29. Sun god took a day off,after a active day….hope he comes with a bang on target tmrw…still some more 40c days ahead

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