Chennai:  Days of stifling heat may be far from over for Chennai and its neighbouring areas with the mercury hovering over the 40 degree Celsius mark and the Meteorological department forecasting hot days.

The metropolis recorded 42.2 degree Celsius on Tuesday.

"Maximum temperature would be around 41 degree Celsius," the weather office said in its forecast for the next 48 hours, adding the city and its neighbourhoods had not received any rainfall even as Udhagamandalam, Tirupuvanam (Sivaganga dt) and Melur (Madurai) received good rainfall.

The peak summer period, 'Kathiri' where the mercury soars over 40 degrees, ended in the last week of May but there has been no let up from the scorching heat here.

Heat wave is also being experienced in the wake of sea breeze setting in late during the day.


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