Hailstorm likely in next 24 hours in parts of MP: MeT

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
  • Updated: Apr 12, 2015 22:30 IST

Many parts of Madhya Pradesh, including the capital, may witness hailstorm in the next 24 hours, officials of the Regional Meteorological Centre, Bhopal, said.

A heavy patch of cloud moving towards the city may lead to thunderstorm and hailstorm in Bhopal and neighbouring places.

The state capital also witnessed a massive fall in the day temperature on Sunday. The maximum temperature decreased to 30.8 degree celsius from 36.3 degree celsius.

Minimum temperature also fell to 20.5 degree celsius from 22.0 degree celsius. Cloudy conditions prevailed in the city throughout the day.

Bhopal also witnessed light to moderate rains on Sunday.

Weathermen predicted that clouds would clear by Wednesday.

Among other areas which may witness hailstorm are Khandwa, Betul, Hoshangabad, Khargone, Indore, Dewas, Raisen and Harda.

Chances of thundershowers were also expected in these parts of the state.

High velocity winds will be also blowing in the state capital.

The velocity of the winds will be around 15-20 km/hour and may reach to 45-50 km/hour at its peak.

The high velocity winds, which blew on Saturday evening, caused severe damage as hoardings and trees fell down as several places in Bhopal.

According to officials, the hailstorm may not bring much loss to farmers who had already faced massive loss due to unseasonal rains recently.

"All the winter crops have been already harvested so the chances of damage are nil. The rain may prove good for farmers who have sowed seeds. However, if the seeds have converted into seedlings, the hailstorm may damage it badly," said director of the meteorological centre Anupam Kashyapi.

Meanwhile, light to moderate rains are expected in other parts of the state like Jabalpur, Shahdol, Rewa, Chambal and Gwalior.

Khargone recorded highest rainfall in the state (14 mm) followed by Rewa (12.4mm), Khandwa (12 mm) and Tarana (11 mm).

Indore and Gwalior also recorded marginal rainfall.

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