Pre-Monsoon Malady: Winds in Indore pull down the merc

Indore: Light rains accompanied by gusty winds provided much needed relief from intense heat and humidity to local residents on Thursday evening. The change in weather didn’t let the mercury rise even above the normal fluctuation during the Nautapa, the ‘hottest’ nine days of the year.

The winds blew with an average speed of 25-30 km per hour and it reached up to 60 kilometers per hour between 7 pm and 7.30 pm which created trouble for the people as many tents were uprooted which were erected for the shelter of those engaged in emergency duty.

Weatherman called it a pre-monsoon activity. The day remained sunny and hot till afternoon. Around 3pm, the clouds appeared. Light rains followed, which provided the much-needed relief.

However, the weather turned humid again in the evening but the winds brought comfort.

According to meteorological department officers, the change in weather is the result of pre-monsoon activities.

“Moisture is coming from the Arabian Sea due to the increasing heat in day time in city while another western disturbance lies as a cyclonic circulation over West Afghanistan and neighborhood. Conditions would remain the same as light showers and gusty winds will continue,” meteorologist Hari Shankar Pandey said.

He added that another western disturbance would generate on June 3 with which the city would witness light rainfall as well.

On Thursday, the city recorded a maximum temperature of 38 degrees Celsius which was three degrees above normal. The minimum temperature stuck to normal at 25.7 degrees Celsius. Winds blew from south and south-west direction for most part of the day. Morning and evening humidity was 76 and 37 per cent respectively.

Meanwhile, those confined themselves indoors due to heat and changes in weather moved to their terrace to enjoy the pleasant evening.

City plunges into darkness

Due to the gusty winds, the power supply took a body blow. Many parts of the city plunged into darknes due to fault in the lines. All parts of the city witnessed a blackout due to the same. Electricity was restored at many areas after the weather turned calmer. However, till late on Thursday, some parts were still reeling under the darkness as the supply lines/junctions were being repaired.

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