Indore: Rain on Tuesday evening brought smiles on faces of residents even as the regional meteorological office announced arrival of monsoon in the city.
Earlier, the department had forecast arrival of monsoon on June 26 - June 27. But it arrived a day early though its arrival was delayed by 12 days. The city received over 1.5 inches (39 mm) of rainfall in last two days.
The department on Monday had issued warning of heavy rain in next 24 hours but the city received only 0.6 mm rainfall on Tuesday. A dense cloud cover raised expectation of heavy rain.
The meteorological department officials said monsoon never moves in a straight line. Hence, exact date cannot be announced about monsoon’s arrival as it depends on several factors.
On Tuesday, city woke up to a cloudy skyline and witnessed sporadic rain in the evening. Mercury level touched 34.5 degrees Celsius mark in daytime, which was two degrees above normal.
The minimum temperature at 21.8 degrees Celsius was one degree below normal. The humidity in the morning was 86 percent, which came down to 80 percent in evening. The city has recorded 59.5 mm of rainfall till date.
Downpour on Monday evening brought relief to people but it also caused water logging in low-lying areas. Major city roads were also water-logged. Water logging was reported at Nyay Nagar, Shivbagh Colony, Saraswati Nagar, Krishnabagh Colony, Scheme No 54 among other areas. Roads like BRTS at MR9 Square, near City Zoo and others were also water-logged.