Indore: Pre-monsoon rains lashed the city on Thursday evening but mainly in the Eastern part of the city where many areas turned into pools.
Surprisingly, 83.5 mm rainfall i.e. 3.3 inches rainfall was recorded in Eastern part of the city, as reported by the Pollution Control Board which has a rainfall monitoring centre at Regal Square, since Wednesday night but the Western part only recorded 6.4 mm rainfall, as recorded by the Meteorological Department at airport.
The wind was blowing at 15 km per hour in the evening and the showers started soon after.
Office-goers had a tough time due to sudden rainfall in the evening and most of them were drenched while returning home. The humidity level was quite high since morning but clouds in the city sky made it dark at 3 pm. It started raining at 3.30 pm and continued for more than an hour.
Moderate rainfall was also recorded on Wednesday night and people woke up to drenched roads on Thursday morning.
The change in climatic conditions provided much-needed relief to the people. On Thursday, the maximum temperature in the city was recorded at 35.2 degrees Celsius which was one degree Celsius below the normal temperature while the minimum temperature was recorded at 24 degrees Celsius, which is normal. The level of humidity was 72 per cent in the morning and was increased to 79 per cent in the evening.
The moderate to heavy showers also exposed civic problems as there was water logging in several areas. Water on the roads added to the traffic chaos. Waterlogging was reported in many areas including Anoop Nagar, LIG, Tilak Nagar, and others.
Ayush Jain, who was returning from his shop, said that it was getting dark in the late afternoon. “I thought I would reach my house in Vaishali Nagar before it started raining. But I reached only halfway when it started raining heavily. Surprisingly, no rain was reported in the area of my residence but there was heavy rainfall in the areas where my shop (Eastern part) is located,” he said.
Power cuts in many areas
The denizens got the much-needed relief from scorching heat with the pre-monsoon shower but power cuts irked the citizens as they had to stay in the dark for several hours. Areas like Sudama Nagar, LIG, Malviya Nagar, Aerodrome Road and others witnessed frequent power cuts.