A change in the weather pattern will result in downpours returning to Sri Lanka and parts of southern India into the coming week.
Largely dry weather has prevailed across the region over the past two weeks; however, a large area of showers and thunderstorms tracking westward across the Bay of Bengal will bring the return of rainfall.
Rainfall could spread as far north as Puducherry on Sunday, while the heaviest rain is expected across southeastern Tamil Nadu and much of Sri Lanka.
Locally heavy rain will spread across the remainder of Tamil Nadu and Kerala on Monday, which will increase the threat for flash flooding.
Locations at risk for flooding include Chennai, Madurai, Coimbatore and Kochi.
Daily showers and thunderstorms are also expected to continue across Sri Lanka into midweek elevating the risk for localized flooding.
Late in the week and into next weekend, a tropical cyclone may attempt to develop across the southern Bay of Bengal between the Andaman and Nicobar islands and Sri Lanka.
While this tropical low is developing, there may be a few dry days in southern India late in the week. However, as the tropical low tracks to the west, downpours may return around next weekend.
Development and track of any potential tropical cyclone will then determine if heavy rainfall remains across Sri Lanka and southern India or if the threat shifts farther north into Andhra Pradesh.
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