Farmers worried as heavy rain, hailstones lash city

Indore :  Rain accompanied with hailstones lashed the city again on Thursday. Change in weather brought smile on the faces of citizens as it gave relief from the scorching heat but also increased worries of farmers.

Strong winds and rains also disrupted the traffic flow in many areas, especially at BRTS. Wind speed of 66 kmph created problems for commuters who had nowhere to take shelter.

Director of regional meteorological department Anurag Kashyapi said, “State has been witnessing rise in humidity due to winds coming from Gujarat. A low pressure area has generated over Arabian Sea. Conditions of rains and hailstorm are prevailing in the whole state.”

He said that the more rainfall would take place in Indore, Khandwa and Burhanpur region in next couple of days.

Farmers worried as heavy rain, hailstones lash city

With changes in weather conditions, maximum and minimum temperature dropped by two degrees Celsius below normal. Maximum temperature on Thursday was recorded at 39 degrees Celsius, while minimum temperature was recorded at 21 degrees Celsius.

More rainfall forecast for Indore, Khandwa and Burhanpur region in next couple of days

Meanwhile, farmers expressed concern over the changing climatic conditions and said that these unseasonal rains will ruin the vegetable crops.

“Crops of vegetables would be damaged if rainfall continues for more days. These will result in surge in prices of vegetables,” Sanjay Agnihotri, farmer in Simrol village, said. Total rainfall on Thursday was recorded at 2.6 mm and the season’s total rose to 4.4mm.

Ujjain records maximum rainfall in state

Maximum rainfall was recorded in Ujjain district on Thursday with 20 mm. Maximum temperature in Ujjain was recorded at 40 degrees Celsius, while minimum temperature was above one degree Celsius from normal with 23 degrees Celsius. Moderate rainfall was also witnessed in Dewas, Khargone, Sonkatch, Dhar, Burhanpur and other nearby districts.

Highest rainfall in May in 1886

According to regional meteorological department, highest rain fall in the month of May was recorded in 1886.

Total rainfall in the month was recorded at 107.7 mm (4.21 inches) and 99.1 mm rainfall 3.9 (inches) was recorded on a single day on May 29, 1886.

However, maximum rainfall in the month in last 10 years was recorded in 2006 with 44mm (1.73 inches).

Inception of monsoon on time in state: Met Dept

Director of regional meteorological department Anurag Kashyapi said, “Monsoon will strike the state at its usual time, this year.”

He said that as per their initial prediction, monsoon will be more than 100 per cent and will strike on usual time between June 10 and June 15. “Another prediction will take place in few days after which the exact status will be cleared,’ the director added.

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