Bout of heavy rainfall hit the capital city on Monday afternoon marking the onset of monsoon 2015 and spreading cheer among residents.
The heavy showers brought relief from high humidity that has been bothering people despite intermittent pre-monsoon rain during past three days.However, the rainfall caused instant water-logging on the roads and caused massive traffic jams on major roads of the city.
The Regional Meteorological Centre (RMC) officially announced arrival of monsoon in Bhopal, Jabalpur and some more central areas of the state on Monday. The onset over Bhopal was delayed by ten days as the normal date for onset is June 12.
“Now monsoon has covered almost 55% of the state and the remaining northern parts of MP is likely to be covered in next three to four days,” Anupam Kashyapi, director of RMC told HT.
Good rainfall is expected in many parts of state for next two to three days, the MeT official said with weather systems looming over Arabian Sea on western side and over Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand on eastern India.
During next 24 hours, most parts of Hoshangabad, Jabalpur and Shahdol divisions and many parts of Indore, Bhopal and Ujjain divisions along with Sagar and Damoh districts are expected to receive rainfall. In remaining parts of the state, rain would be received in few places.
"The rainfall is more than welcome as the humidity had become very high during past few days making conditions uncomfortable," Pranat Jain, a research scholar said.
"I hope good rainfall continues but also that there is not too much of waterlogging on roads or traffic jams," Shreyanshi Agrawal, an engineering student expressed hope.
Bhopal has already got June rain quota
Even before monsoon struck, Bhopal had received more rain than entire quota for month of June.
From June 1 till Monday (June 22) morning, the capital had received 116.1mm of rainfall – just little over the normal rainfall quota for June (115.6mm).
All the rainfall that would be received during remaining days of the month would be excess, the MeT office said. Meanwhile, Madhya Pradesh as a whole has received 80.5mm of rain from June 1 till Monday – 32% more than normal.