Early morning showers and a very cloudy day that caused temperatures to plunge drastically marked the arrival of monsoon in the capital on Tuesday.Very light showers were recorded in few parts of the city during rest of the day.
Like elsewhere in the state, this is the earliest onset of monsoon in Bhopal in last 13 years as before this the earliest arrival was recorded on June 8 in year 2000.The scenario is in drastic contrast to last year (2012), when monsoon arrived on July 4- the longest delay in a decade.
In the last 24 hours ending at 8.30am on Tuesday, Bhopal airport recorded 6.4mm of rain while from 8.30 am to 5.30pm another 0.3mm was recorded.Bhopal city recorded 8.5mm of rain till 8.30am and only trace rain later till 5.30pm.
But, the heavy clouds that dotted the city sky caused the day temperatures to take a nosedive and the maximum was recorded at 29.2 degree Celsius - nine degrees below normal and 7.6 degrees lesser than the maximum temperature of Monday.The winds turned cool and pleasant, making citizens happy despite the absence of rainfall throughout the day.
However, during next 24 hours, many parts of Bhopal, Indore, Hoshangabad and Jabalpur divisions would receive showers, the met office said.
"The monsoon current is still strong and there is hope of good rain in the state for next two to three days," director of Regional Meteorological Centre (RMC), DP Dubey said.