There was a temporary respite from the soaring mercury level for Chennai residents on Wednesday. An overcast sky during the day brought down the maximum temperature close to normal.
After experiencing searing heat on Tuesday when the mercury level crossed 40 degrees mark, it was a relief for residents.
The weather stations in Nungambakkam and Meenambakkam recorded 36.3 degrees Celsius and 36.7 degrees Celsius on Wednesday. People complained of sultry weather as humidity level was relatively high at 75% in the city.
Officials of the Meteorological Department said it was a temporary trend and the maximum temperature in Chennai could escalate to 38 degrees Celsius till Friday.
S. Balachandran, Deputy Director General of Meteorology, Chennai, cited cyclonic storm Fani as the reason for the cloud cover over Chennai.
The weather system, which is moving towards Odisha, has shifted its direction to east-northeast of Chennai. This has led to cloudy weather. However, the cloud cover would begin to clear from Thursday as the cyclonic storm would have moved further away.
The Meteorological Department has forecast dry weather over most parts of the State for the next two days except for thunderstorm activity in some places.