Depression Makes Landfall Over Sri Lanka: To Trigger Heavy Rains Over Tamil Nadu, Kerala For Next 24 Hours
February 1, 2023
The unusual system that emerged in southern Bay of Bengal towards the end of January has since intensified and landed over Sri Lanka, from where it will continue to influence the South Indian weather for the rest of this week.
As per the India Meteorological Department (IMD), the system made landfall over Sri Lanka between Batticaloa and Trincomalee around 3:30 to 4:30 am last night. It crossed the coast as a depression, packing maximum sustained wind speeds worth 45-55 kmph, gusting to 65 kmph.
The system still lies over Sri Lanka as of Thursday morning, and from here, it is expected to continue moving west-southwestwards and emerge into Comorin and the adjoining Gulf of Mannar (off Sri Lanka’s western coast) by early Friday morning.
While it hovers over and around Sri Lanka, this meteorological phenomenon will trigger some intense rainfall activity across India’s southernmost states.
The IMD has predicted light to moderate showers at many places across Coastal Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, along with isolated heavy falls (64.5 mm-115.5 mm) over Tamil Nadu and Kerala, on Thursday (February 2).
The wet conditions over these two states may well persist for the subsequent 48 hours as well, albeit with reduced intensity.